Someone asked me this morning if we've been wetter than Seattle, WA this year. Actually, despite Seattle's stigma for being the "Rain City," Seattle's average annual rainfall is well below Richmond's, and most cities on the East Coast! Seattle's average precipitation in a year is about 38.17" (based on 1949-2006 records). We, on average, have Seattle beat by 5.53" in a year. It should be mentioned, though, that Seattle tends to have days upon days of mist or steady light rain, which accounts for the wet stigma. Seattle has 138 Rain Days per year, whereas Richmond has 113. In 2009, Richmond has had 120 Rain Days so far. That's a week more of rainy days than average.
For additional 2009 perspective, here are some selected locations' 2009-to-date precipitation as of December 15:
Seattle, WA 33.85"
Boston, MA 42.76" (+2.27" from average)
Houston, TX 45.15" (-0.70" from average)
Richmond, VA 46.09" (+3.91" from average)
Orlando, FL 50.32" (+3.21" from average)
Tuscaloosa, AL 60.27" (+5.79" from average)
Birmingham, AL 68.65" (+17.14" from average...wow!)
So perhaps it's more appropriate to say that we've been wetter than Houston this year, or almost as wet as Florida (another stigma..."The Sunshine State" is wetter than Seattle, WA and Orlando has 118 Rain Days per year, more than Richmond).