Written by Meteorologist Ros Runner (10/9/2016)
Moisture associated with Hurricane Matthew coupled with the approach of a cold front from the west produced torrential rainfall from the eastern Carolinas up into southeastern Virginia over the weekend. Life threatening flooding has taken place over northeastern North Carolina and in the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia where some areas reported up to ONE FOOT of rain in spots. Below you will note a map created by the National Weather Service in Wakefield showing those exceptionally heavy rain totals over southeastern Virginia and northeast North Carolina. Many areas in central Virginia received between 2" and 5" of rain. Much lighter amounts were seen in areas farther north and west away from metro Richmond.
Here is a closer look at rainfall history at Richmond International Airport. We had a storm total of just over 4" after a daily record of 3.31" on Saturday. You'll note that since September 1st, Richmond has received 15.36" of rain and for the year, we are quickly closing in on 50" of rainfall! That is a surplus of nearly 14".
Needless to say, we need the opportunity to dry out and we should have that opportunity this upcoming week. A rather cool and mainly dry pattern seems to be in the cards into next weekend!