Almost 4" Last Friday

22 February 2003

Memphis got almost 4 inches of rainfall last Friday. Annually, the city gets about 50 inches or so of rainfall. However, Memphis typically gets that rainfall from several very large rains spanning several days throughout the year.

Contrast that with Seattle, WA which gets annual rainfall of around 36 inches. However, that rainfall accumulates from many days of a seaside drizzle and mist that takes much longer to accumulate. That’s the reason everyone thinks Seattle is so rainy.

All it takes is a single day with 3 or more inches of rainfall and you begin to understand how the statistics can be misleading.

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