April Rain Breaks WV Records

April's rainfall broke a 110-year-old record in one West Virginia city and hit levels in others that are among the highest for the month.

National Weather Service meteorologist Simone Lewis tells the Charleston Daily Mail that Huntington received a record 9.9 inches of rainfall in April. The old record was 8.53 inches in 1901.

Charleston received six inches, almost double the city's April average of 3.4 inches. It was the seventh wettest April on record.

Beckley's 5.35 inches was the city's ninth highest total for April. Lewis says it also was the city's warmest April with an average temperature of 57.3 degrees.

Rainfall in Parkersburg totaled 8.14 inches. The April average is 4.85 inches.

Statewide rainfall isn't yet available.

Lewis attributes the heavy rainfall to the La Niña weather pattern.

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