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Below normal precipitation for most of 2014

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Jan 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-02 17:52:27-05

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December 2014 marked the eighth straight month in a row with below-normal precipitation for much of the area.  Richmond International Airport ended up just slightly below normal for the month.  It capped off a year that featured a lot of dry weather.

Here is the monthly breakdown:

  • 3.28″ Jan — 0.24″ above normal
  • 3.03″ Feb — 0.27″ above normal
  • 3.24″ Mar — 0.80″ below normal
  • 4.05″ Apr  — 0.78″ above normal
  • 2.44″ May — 1.34″ below normal
  • 3.39″ June — 0.54″ below normal
  • 2.63″ July — 1.88″ below normal
  • 3.61″ Aug — 1.05″ below normal
  • 1.35″ Sept — 2.78″ below normal
  • 2.63″ Oct — 0.35″ below normal
  • 2.95″ Nov — 0.29″ below normal
  • 3.14″ Dec — 0.12″ below normal

Only January, February and April ended up with above-normal precipitation.  The wettest month was April, and the driest was September.

The yearly total was just shy of 36″ of liquid precipitation, which is comprised of rainfall and melted snow & ice.  This amount was almost 8″ below the normal annual total.  In comparison, 2013 had almost 18″ more of precipitation.

There were only a few snow flakes for the fall & early winter period, which isn’t too unusual.  The “normal” amount to this point of the season is skewed a little by some years that had a December snowstorm.