Meteorological summer is here

Meteorological spring finishes as one of the wettest on record


ROANOKE, Va. – We still have three weeks before summer officially rolls around, but the three-month period of March, April, and, May that meteorologists call springs ended Wednesday. 

Meteorological spring, summer, fall and winter are around for one purpose, to provide a nice, even three-month period for each season, which makes keeping statistics very easy.

The theme of the last three months was no doubt the rain. Heading into March, much of the area was in drought status. That changed quickly halfway through March and came to an abrupt end as April pushed on. Rivers started to become swollen as days of heavy rain became frequent through May.

May was the wettest by far of the three-month stretch. May finished as the fourth-wettest on record in Roanoke with just over 8 inches of rain. 

The story was the same for Lynchburg as the city saw its fifth-wettest May on record with just shy of 8 inches of rain.

After a couple of dry days to start meteorological summer, the possibility of rain will return for the weekend.

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