Richmond - Extreme Daily Precipitation for Each Year





This page lists the biggest rainstorms or snowstorms of the year in Richmond, Virginia along with the date they occurred. The information answers questions like: When was the last time more than five inches of precipitation landed on Richmond in a single day? What was the rainiest day of 2018?

The list gives the highest daily precipitation for each year in Richmond and the date that it happened. A date with a plus sign beside it means the same amount of moisture also fell on at least one other day earlier that year.

These records go back to 1899, with a few years missing data. During that time the heaviest downpour measured for a single day was 8.79 inches (223.3 millimetres) on August 12, 1955.

Since 1947 the precipitation extremes were observed at Richmond International Airport. Before then, the weather station was at Chimborazo Park near the city's downtown.

Most precipitation in one day for recent years in Richmond
Inches Date Milli­metres
7.61 June 22, 2018 193.3
2.15 August 18, 2017 54.6
4.74 September 28, 2016 120.4
1.67 November 09, 2015 42.4
1.99 July 24, 2014 50.5
2.67 June 07, 2013 67.8
1.96 October 29, 2012 49.8
5.36 August 27, 2011 136.1
3.69 September 30, 2010 93.7
Highest daily precipitation recorded at Richmond each year
Inches Date Milli­metres
3.51 November 12, 2009 89.2
3.35 April 20, 2008 85.1
3.10 August 16, 2007 78.7
3.62 September 01, 2006 91.9
2.03 July 22, 2005 51.6
6.68 August 30, 2004 169.7
4.32 September 18, 2003 109.7
1.38 May 09, 2002 35.1
3.12 August 12, 2001 79.2
2.14 June 28, 2000 54.4
4.53 September 16, 1999 115.1
2.26 February 04, 1998 57.4
2.04 July 22, 1997 51.8
2.94 October 08, 1996 74.7
1.88 March 08, 1995 47.8
2.68 September 22, 1994 68.1
1.99 March 13, 1993 50.5
3.14 March 07, 1992 79.8
2.98 June 22, 1991 75.7
3.72 August 09, 1990 94.5
2.03 July 16, 1989 51.6
3.70 July 23, 1988 94.0
2.76 April 16, 1987 70.1
3.00 July 23, 1986 76.2
5.58 August 18, 1985 141.7
2.20 March 25, 1984 55.9
2.96 June 20, 1983 75.2
2.71 July 12, 1982 68.8
3.05 May 11, 1981 77.5
2.75 July 23, 1980 69.9
2.71 September 05, 1979 68.8
2.60 April 26, 1978 66.0
4.35 October 26, 1977 110.5
2.15 September 15, 1976 54.6
3.01 July 11, 1975 76.5
2.86 August 07, 1974 72.6
1.91 February 02, 1973 48.5
3.91 June 18, 1972 99.3
3.18 October 23, 1971 80.8
1.29 December 16, 1970 + 32.8
4.90 July 22, 1969 124.5
1.77 March 12, 1968 45.0
2.22 July 20, 1967 56.4
2.83 October 19, 1966 71.9
2.65 July 25, 1965 67.3
2.18 August 30, 1964 55.4
3.41 June 03, 1963 86.6
3.31 January 06, 1962 84.1
4.76 October 20, 1961 120.9
2.85 August 10, 1960 72.4
4.58 July 01, 1959 116.3
3.27 August 03, 1958 83.1
3.95 October 06, 1957 100.3
2.70 July 05, 1956 68.6
8.79 August 12, 1955 223.3
1.69 August 18, 1954 42.9
3.14 September 05, 1953 79.8
2.62 November 21, 1952 66.5
1.86 October 07, 1951 + 47.2
1.43 September 22, 1950 36.3
3.53 July 16, 1949 89.7
2.54 August 04, 1948 64.5
3.33 November 03, 1947 84.6
1946
4.35 July 17, 1945 110.5
2.85 August 02, 1944 72.4
1.68 March 27, 1943 42.7
2.22 March 28, 1942 56.4
2.13 August 19, 1941 54.1
3.44 August 15, 1940 87.4
2.29 August 18, 1939 58.2
3.76 July 26, 1938 95.5
2.94 August 22, 1937 74.7
2.32 June 08, 1936 58.9
4.91 September 05, 1935 124.7
2.15 September 07, 1934 54.6
3.19 August 23, 1933 81.0
3.09 October 17, 1932 78.5
4.74 August 20, 1931 120.4
2.22 June 17, 1930 56.4
4.55 October 22, 1929 115.6
3.17 August 11, 1928 80.5
3.87 July 18, 1927 98.3
2.21 August 18, 1926 56.1
1.99 December 02, 1925 50.5
2.85 September 30, 1924 72.4
7.24 July 30, 1923 183.9
3.18 July 13, 1922 80.8
2.32 January 10, 1921 58.9
2.79 June 03, 1920 70.9
2.43 July 20, 1919 61.7
1.92 April 09, 1918 48.8
2.00 September 06, 1917 50.8
2.27 June 24, 1916 57.7
3.25 August 03, 1915 82.6
2.14 January 03, 1914 54.4
1.98 October 25, 1913 50.3
3.11 March 15, 1912 79.0
1.73 August 30, 1911 43.9
3.65 April 17, 1910 92.7
2.49 December 13, 1909 63.2
3.29 August 19, 1908 83.6
2.41 September 22, 1907 61.2
1.98 October 22, 1906 50.3
1.70 June 23, 1905 43.2
2.45 October 21, 1904 62.2
2.02 June 11, 1903 51.3
1902
2.35 April 14, 1901 59.7
2.87 August 23, 1900 72.9
2.19 September 19, 1899 55.6
Reference

Jay Lawrimore. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 

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