Meteorologist Brent Watts
8:03 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
April brought plenty of showers, but it wasn't quite enough in a few areas.
Rainfall in Roanoke and Danville fell short of the "normals" Meanwhile, Lynchburg and Blacksburg barely squeezed out a few extra drops to take the reporting stations slightly above average during the first full month of Spring.
The wettest days of the month in Roanoke were April 4th and April 12, where nearly an inch of rain fell each of those days.
HISTORIC APRIL RAINFALL
The wettest April ever recorded in Roanoke was 11.35" in 1985. However, April 2011 made the bottom of the Top 10 Wettest Aprils, at 5.33" for the month. That was the same month that featured the historic tornado outbreak, with several touching down in Virginia.
The driest April on record for Roanoke was in 1942, when only 0.38" fell in during the month. Most recently, April 2010 takes the #9 spot (out of 10), with only 1.35" or rain during that April.
2013 RAINFALL THROUGH APRIL
All area weather reporting stations have a 1" to 3" rain surplus for the year, with 14" to 16" recorded so far. February and March featured near-average monthly rainfall. However, January was a whopper of a month. Roanoke and Blacksburg saw 7"+ of rain/snow, which is more than 4" above average. Lynchburg and Danvile also had a surplus of rain, receiving 6" to 7" for the month of January.
Medium to long-range climate patterns are hinting at slightly above average rainfall through April.