July rainfall might get close to breaking record

Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:05pm

It has been a wet summer. Not because of time spent at the pool or the beach necessarily, but because we have received more than our fair share of rain this month.

Nashville’s highest recorded rainfall in July is 9.43 inches in 1878. So far, Nashville has received 6.09 inches this July.

“There might be a shot at breaking the record,” said Bobby Boyd of the National Weather Service. “We are still more than 3 inches away, but you never know with more storms in the forecast tonight and again during the weekend.”

Nashville’s average rainfall in July is just less than 4 inches, but last July was the city’s fourth wettest at 8.38 inches.

Boyd doesn’t think there is a permanent pattern developing with Julys to come, but attributes this July’s large rainfall to the northwesterly flow.

“The winds aloft are coming from the northwest and they contain storm systems that come down from the northwest, which is what we have now, and they sometimes bring heavy rainfall. That has been the case here, especially for the last few days,” Boyd said. I think in two or three weeks we will be out of the pattern and then go back into a different setup.”

1 Comment on this post:

By: courier37027 on 7/26/13 at 6:00

I remember summers in the 1980's when July was parched. There was talk of seeding the clouds for rain. This is quite a contrast.