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August Rainfall for Richmond Nears All-Time Record

Map showing local rainfall
Unofficial Richmond regional rainfall totals for August from NWS Volunteers. Official totals calculated at Richmond International Airport. (Source: National Weather Service, Wakefield)

The Richmond region is close to setting an all-time record for the amount of rainfall in August.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service in Wakefield say the area needs just over one inch of rain sometime in the next eight days. 

“We’re already the second-wettest August on record and the fourth wettest month of all time,” Jeff Orrock, with the NWS, said.

The region has already had over 15 inches, and forecasters say a thunderstorm directly over Richmond International Airport could break the record of 16.3 inches.

“If we remain wet for the next few weeks and we see a tropical system bring high winds that could be very problematic, we’ll be seeing a lot of falling trees,” Jeff Orrock said.

That could happen later this week with two hurricanes headed for the Gulf Coast. Forecasters don’t think it will impact the Richmond region, but that could change.

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