PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC
740 PM EDT THU SEP 30 2010
 
...HIGHEST 3, 4, AND 5 DAY RAIN TOTALS IN WILMINGTON HISTORY DATING
BACK TO 1871...
...SECOND WETTEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD...
 
EXTRAORDINARY RECENT RAINFALL AMOUNTS HAVE BROKEN SOME RECORDS
ESTABLISHED BY HURRICANE FLOYD IN 1999. THIS RAINFALL EVENT CANNOT
BE TIED EXCLUSIVELY TO A SINGLE WEATHER SYSTEM ALTHOUGH MOISTURE
FROM FORMER TROPICAL STORM NICOLE HAS BEEN INVOLVED...AS HAS A COLD
FRONT AND A PERSISTENT STREAM OF DEEP TROPICAL MOISTURE FROM THE
CARIBBEAN.
 
HERE IS HOW WILMINGTON`S RECENT RAINFALL FITS INTO THE HISTORIC
CLIMATE RECORD.
 
OBSERVED DAILY RAINFALL TOTALS...
SUNDAY    SEP 26   0.59 INCHES
MONDAY    SEP 27  10.33 INCHES
TUESDAY   SEP 28   1.96 INCHES
WEDNESDAY SEP 29   7.37 INCHES
THURSDAY  SEP 30   2.29 INCHES...THROUGH 735 PM
 
1-DAY ALL-TIME RECORDS...
#1  13.38 INCHES   9/15/1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
#2  10.33 INCHES   9/27/2010
#3   9.56 INCHES   8/31/2006 (TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO)
#4   9.52 INCHES   9/29/1938
#5   8.04 INCHES   8/18/1879 ("GREAT BEAUFORT HURRICANE")
 
2-DAY ALL-TIME RECORDS...
#1  17.71 INCHES   9/15 & 9/16 1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
#2  14.73 INCHES   9/14 & 9/15 1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
#3  12.29 INCHES   9/27 & 9/28 2010 (MONDAY/TUESDAY`S EVENT)
#4  11.87 INCHES   10/7 & 10/8 2005 (TROPICAL STORM TAMMY)
#5  11.54 INCHES    7/7 & 7/8  1950
 
3-DAY ALL-TIME RECORDS...
#1  19.66 INCHES   9/27 - 9/29 2010
#2  19.06 INCHES   9/14 - 9/16 1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
#3  17.71 INCHES   9/15 - 9/17 1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
#4  14.73 INCHES   9/13 - 9/15 1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
#5  13.44 INCHES   9/11 - 9/13 1984 (HURRICANE DIANA)
 
4-DAY ALL-TIME RECORDS...
#1  21.95 INCHES   9/27 - 9/30 2010...THROUGH 735 PM
#2  20.25 INCHES   9/26 - 9/29 2010
#3  19.06 INCHES   9/14 - 9/17 1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
#4  19.06 INCHES   9/13 - 9/16 1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
#5  17.71 INCHES   9/15 - 9/18 1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
 
5-DAY ALL-TIME RECORDS...
#1  22.54 INCHES   9/26 - 9/30 2010...THROUGH 735 PM
#2  20.66 INCHES   9/26 - 9/29 2010
#3  19.06 INCHES   9/14 - 9/18 1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
#3  19.06 INCHES   9/13 - 9/17 1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
#3  19.06 INCHES   9/12 - 9/16 1999 (HURRICANE FLOYD)
 
SEPTEMBER MONTHLY RAINFALL RECORDS...
#1  23.41 INCHES   1999  (HURRICANES DENNIS & FLOYD)
#2  22.72 INCHES   2010...THROUGH 735 PM
#3  20.10 INCHES   1877  ("HURRICANE FOUR")
#4  18.94 INCHES   1984  (HURRICANE DIANA)
#5  16.93 INCHES   1924  ("HURRICANE FIVE" AND "TROP STORM EIGHT")
 
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