Looking back at 2020: rainy & warm

2020′s rainfall totals brought us our 3rd wettest year on record

Looking back at 2020: rainy & warm
2020 lands Richmond in the #3 spot for the wettest years on record (Source: NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - 2020 was a record setting year in more ways than one.

Climatologically speaking, this year did not earn us the number one spot when it came to rain totals or above average temperatures... but we sure got close!

Richmond saw a surplus of 20 inches of rain compared to the average* yearly rainfall of 43.60 inches. This means 2020 was our third wettest year on record.

2020 lands Richmond in the #3 spot for the wettest years on record
2020 lands Richmond in the #3 spot for the wettest years on record (Source: NOAA)

Richmond also saw twenty-five days with 1.00″ or more of precipitation which tied us with the 1889 record. For reference, the average is eleven days per year.

The green values below show the current wettest year versus 2020 for each National Weather Service site:

This map shows a breakdown of each NWS site & it's 2020 annual precip data
This map shows a breakdown of each NWS site & it's 2020 annual precip data (Source: NWS)

Temperature-wise, our 2020 average was 60.75 F which ranks as our 5th warmest year on record.

Richmond’s typical average annual temperature is 58.8 F, with 2012 still holding the number one spot at 61.1 F.

The red values below show the current wettest year versus 2020 with yellow shaded sites signifying 2020 as their warmest year on record:

2020 annual average temperatures versus the current record for each NWS site
2020 annual average temperatures versus the current record for each NWS site (Source: NWS)

For Norfolk, 2020 was their warmest year on record.

Whatever 2021 brings our way, the NBC12 Weather Team will still be here to give you the First Alert on the latest forecast where you live!

* Averages are based on data from 1981 to 2010.

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