Rain pouring through window, Nashville, Tennessee, 2 May 2010.
The moat did help a lot.
Pictures and videos by Gretchen Quarterman.
How bad was it? According to WeatherUnderground, presumably from NWS:
Statement as of 7:17 PM CDT on May 2, 2010
… Public information statement…
As of 700 PM, Nashville international Airport has measured 7.21 inches today. This breaks the record for most rain in a single calendar day in the city’s history. The previous record was 6.60 inches set on September 13, 1979.
The two-day rainfall total now stands at 13.53 inches. This more than doubles the previous two-day record of 6.68 inches set on September 13-14, 1979.
Yesterday’s rainfall total of 6.32 inches now ranks as the 3rd greatest one-day rainfall total in nashville’s history.
Two other rainfall records that were set during the 1979 event were also broken today. The city saw its greatest rainfall in a six- hour period, 5.57 inches. And the record for most rainfall in 12 hours also fell, with 7.20 inches.
May, 2010 now ranks as the wettest may ever, surpassing may, 1983, when 11.04 inches were measured. And may, 2010 already ranks as the fifth wettest month overall.