Damp day brings us closer to rainy record for year

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - THE DIS­TRICT BY MARTIN WEIL [email protected]­post.com

De­cem­ber be­gan here on Satur­day un­der dreary gray skies, which were a kind of good omen.

The gloom added a gleam to Wash­ing­ton’s hopes of mak­ing weather his­tory this year by mea­sur­ing enough pre­cip­i­ta­tion to set a record.

As the day be­gan, 2018 trailed only two years since 1872 in the quest for the Wash­ing­ton pre­cip­i­ta­tion ti­tle. The 2018 to­tal here came to 60.46 inches, by Na­tional Weather Ser­vice fig­ures.

That fig­ure, ex­ceed­ing 5 feet, was fu­eled by many mem­o­rable in­ci­dents of mois­ture this year. But it nev­er­the­less trailed the two lead­ers: 1889, which holds the ti­tle, with 61.33 inches, and 2003, which recorded 60.83.

By 4 p.m. Satur­day, rain, light rain and driz­zle had boosted Wash­ing­ton’s 2018 pre­cip­i­ta­tion to 60.62 inches.

If the day was cloudy, one thing was still clear. We were clos­ing in, only 0.71 inches from the top.

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