Baseball: Charlotte Knights vs Norfolk Tides

A fan sits in the stands as the rain falls during the Sunday, May 05, 2019 game between the Norfolk Tides and the Charlotte Knights held at Harbor Park. The game entered a rain delay in the 5th inning and was ultimately suspended with the Knights leading the Tides 5 to 3.

If for some reason you struggle with remembering what day of the week it is, Mother Nature has a simple solution.

If it's raining, it's the weekend.

A look at the National Weather Service's Wakefield rainfall amounts on the 19 weekends so far this year — using Friday afternoon to Sunday night — shows at least some rain on at least one of those days on all but two weekends.

That breaks down to about 90 of the weekends in 2019 being wet.

Eight weekends saw substantial rain, especially January, when it rained hard every weekend.

"You have to look at the radar data for the region, because the official recording station is at the airport," said Jeff Orrock, the meteorologist in charge at the Wakefield office. "It might not have rained at the airport but it might have somewhere else in the region."

So far this year, a total of 16.05 inches of rain has fallen. February was the wettest with 4.69 inches, followed by January with 3.81, April with 3.24, March with 2.43 and so far 1.88 this month.

But none of this year's monthly rain totals comes even close to the historical list of the top 10.

"It would take a continued wet spring, them some tropical systems, that would be about the only way to get us in the top 10 for rain years," Orrock said. "But the last 30 days have been above normal for rainfall, about four inches for the southside. Virginia Beach has been hit especially hard."

Orrock said it doesn't take much, maybe a quarter of an inch of rain, to ruin a weekend. 

Ready for some good news?

If you have plans either Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you can expect the best weekend of the year. Forecasters are calling for mostly sunny skies and daytime highs in the mid-80s.

"This weekend looks great," Orrock said.

Lee Tolliver, 757-222-5844, lee.tolliver@pilotonline.com

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