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Statement as of 10:48 am EDT on July 25, 2014

...Rare rainfall event at Lynchburg VA...

Yesterday...July 24 2014...3.88 inches of rain fell at the Lynchburg Airport which was the 2nd wettest on record for the date. It was also the 2nd wettest for any July day since records began at Lynchburg in 1893. The existing July daily record also occurred on July 24 and was set back in 1916 when 4.03 inches fell. In fact...yesterdays rain tied for the 15th wettest day in all of Lynchburg weather records back to 1893. The wettest single day was 7.52 inches on August 11 1928.

All of the rain fell in about a 2.5 hour period from 305 PM to 540 PM. In terms of precipitation frequency...this was a fairly remarkable event. According to the NWS hydrometeorological design studies center...the 3-hour...100-year average recurrence interval rainfall is 3.84 inches for Lynchburg so the event yesterday was slightly higher than a 100-year recurrence interval at 3.88 inches and it actually fell in less than 3-hours.

The highest 1-hour amount during the storm was 2.36 inches ending around 447 PM. The 1-hour...25-year recurrence interval is 2.33 inches so this was slightly above a 25-year event that for the 1-hour duration.

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