RECORD BREAKING RAINFALL
ABOVE AVERAGE RAIN FALL CONTINUES
Hendersonville’s weekend-long downpour that rainy first weekend in May this year resulted in over 6 inches of total rainfall for Hendersonville…6.52 inches to be exact.
So much rain, in such a short period of time (from Saturday into Monday morning) resulted in flooding, flood warnings, water over roads and streets, and landslides. At least three landslides were resported as a result of the heavy rain in the Bat Cave area alone.
That record-breaking total rainfall the first weekend in May, which broke a recor dating back to 2003 at the Asheville Regional Airport, occured on the second weekend in a row of unusually heavy rain. The rainfall total from the previous weekend pushed April’s total for the month to 7.27 inches of rain.
So…for the period April 1 through May 6…Hendersonville’s official weather observation station at WHKP measured a total of almost 14 inches of rainfall…13.79 inches to be exact. That total is pushing the total for 2013 to about 9 inches above the long-term average to this point in the year.
This heavier than usual rainfall is continuing a trend that started back in the winter…and at least through the first half of May, is likely to continue.
A footnote: Hendersonville typically receives our heaviest rainfall during hurricane season which runs June 1 through November 30th…and Accuweather forecasters are predicting an "active" tropical storm and hurricane season this year.
Bottom line…expect above average precipitation to continue through the summer in Western North Carolina
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman
8am May 7, 2013