Record Rainfall for the First Week of April

It’s no secret that we’ve been a little on the soggy side as of late.  We’ve had several big rain storms recently, all with an inch or more of rainfall, and rivers have been running high.  In fact, minor flooding occurred on both the Pawcatuck and Pawtuxet Rivers during the past few days.  We’ve all heard of April showers, but this has been ridiculous!

Well, we’ve broken a record for rainfall for this first week of April.  During the time period of April 1 through April 7, we have gotten 3.84″ of rain, which broke the old record for that time period by a quarter inch.  Records have been kept for April in Providence since 1905.

Region-wide, we’ve received 2 to 4.5″ of rain, the most over Southeastern Massachusetts.

Comparing that rainfall to what is ‘normal’ or average for the first week of April, and we find that we are 2 to 3″ above average, and Plymouth County is 3 to 4″ above average.

The average rainfall for the entire month of April is 4.36″.  So, we are about a half inch shy of the normal rainfall for the entire month!  There have been some benefits to all the rain.  The drought is gone in Rhode Island!

Looking ahead, the upcoming week should be fairly dry (and warmer).  There could be a few showers in the area on Wednesday and Thursday night, but not the deluges we had during the first 7 days of April!

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

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