2018: The Wettest Year | Old Dominion Wildlife

2018: The Wettest Year

January 18, 2019

As the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports:

2018 was the wettest year on record for dozens of towns and cities in Virginia.

Long-term weather observing stations that broke annual precipitation records include:

Roanoke

62.45 inches.

Previous record: 58.81 inches in 1948. Records date to 1912.

Lynchburg

65.7 inches.

Previous record: 59.71 inches in 1972. Records date to 1893.

Arlington (Reagan Washington National Airport)

66.28 inches.

Previous record: 60.83 inches in 2003. Records date to 1941.

It was also the wettest year for: Bedford, Buckingham, Buena Vista, Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, Chase City, Clarksville, Covington, Danville, Dulles International Airport, Galax, Hot Springs, Luray, Martinsville, Palmyra, Pulaski, Rocky Mount, Walkerton and Winchester.

Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Linden, I don’t have a rain gauge, but one of my neighbors does have one. His weather station reported 78.4″ of rain for the year. The yearly total here is actually even probably a little higher than that because I think his weather station lost power during at least one deluge.

Flooding as Seen from Rte 619

Flooding as Seen from Rte 619

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