Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wakefield, VA
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA
1059 AM EDT FRI MAY 20 2016
...COOL WET MAY THUS FAR...
* The 1st 19 days of May 2016 have generally been quite cool and very
wet so far, particularly from south central Virginia east, northeast
through metro Richmond where an average of 5 to 8 inches of rain has
been recorded. Based on the 1981-2010 normals, somewhere between 2.25
and 2.75" of rainfall would be average for the 1st 19 days of May. Some
highlights are listed below at Richmond where the anomalies have been
* AT RICHMOND:
* PRECIPITATION: A total of 6.64" inches of rain has been recorded,
already ranking as the 12th wettest May on record since the late 1800s.
The wettest May on record occurred in 1889 when 9.13" was recorded.
With additional rain almost a certainty, the ranking should easily
push into the top 10 list by the upcoming weekend and it is possible
that this May could end up being the wettest on record. The 1981-2010
normal precipitation amount for May is 3.78".
* TEMPERATURE: While not quite as significant, the average temperature
so far this month at Richmond (61.0 F) has averaged almost 4 degrees below
the month to date 1981-2010 normal value (64.8 F). In particular, the
average HIGH temperature (69.2 F) has been quite cool, averaging more
than 7 degrees below the 1981-2010 normal (76.5 F). The average LOW
temperature of 52.9 F has been near normal. Warmer weather looks likely
for the final week of May, so it is doubtful that Richmond will finish
the month in the top 10 list for coldest Mays on record.