The rain just keeps coming. The pattern we've been in since summer officially began appears to be slowly breaking down, but not before boosting some areas to the Top 10 wettest July on record according to the Southeast Climate Perspectives database.
Not only has Roanoke seen the most rainy July on record, the city is also now in the Top 3 wettest months on record. That means, there are only two other months where it has rained more than this month. You may remember some of them.
November 1985 (that caused the "Flood of 85") was the second wettest month at 12.36." One good storm and we'd easily tie or even top that during our final days of July.
The wettest month ever recorded was in August 1940, when 16.71" of rain fell, most as a result of The "Georgia-South Carolina hurricane." This was before hurricanes had fancy names.
We often show the major cities' ranking on-air, but here's how some of the hometowns across our region are doing on rainfall as well as their ranking. The data is based on regional collection points which span anywhere from a few decades, to more than a century.
JULY RAINFALL RANKING (as of July 23)
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*Records at Lynchburg Regional Airport go back 85 years, so the ranking is 34, while general records for Lynchburg go back 121 years, making the ranking 49th