The downpours and floods of the 2010s certainly weren’t limited to the 10 points on this map.
We have more about the notorious storms of the decade here.
But on the rainiest days, these places were wetter than the rest.
The superlative one-day rain reports from each year of the past decade clustered in Tidewater. In half of the cases, the moisture came from a tropical system or its remnants.
And it shows that even in drier years, when hurricanes steer clear, an unlucky town can still flood from a stalled storm.
The air usually holds the most moisture during summer, but anomalous patterns bring big totals in spring and fall, too. Recent research also links the rise in extreme rain to our warming atmosphere.
Most extreme rainfall days, by year
Source: database of volunteer observations submitted to the National Weather Service plus official reports. Higher amounts could have occurred in areas without a station. Some events involved larger final totals, but this is limited to peak one-day observations.
2010: 10.28 inches in Norfolk on Sept. 30, remnant moisture of Tropical Storm Nicole.
2011: 12 inches at Colonial Beach, Westmoreland County, on Sept. 9, amid remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.
2012: 12.59 inches at Cashville, Accomack County, on Aug. 26, 2012.
2013: 7.31 inches near Lightfoot, James City County, on June 8 from Tropical Storm Andrea.
2014: 12.21 inches near Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, on Sept. 9.
2015: 5.84 inches in Gloucester, Gloucester County, on July 19.
2016: 11.7 inches in Virginia Beach on Oct. 9 from Hurricane Matthew.
2017: 7.72 inches in Fairfax County near Falls Church on July 29.
2018: 9.02 inches at Keysville, Charlotte County, on Oct. 12 from Tropical Storm Michael.
2019: 6.94 inches at McLean, Fairfax County, on July 8.