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2018 may have been second wettest year on record

flooded bridge

A private bridge over Sharp Creek in southwest Pickens was overrun in August following another round of rain.

      At presstime, there were just a few hours before the end of 2018 and Atlanta was on track to reach 70 inches of rain in 2018, making it the second-wettest year since record keeping began by the Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) in 1878. 

According to the National Weather Service, Atlanta’s 30-year rainfall average from 1981-2010 was just shy of 50 inches a year, at 49.71, so this year’s 70 inches of rain meant drenched roads, fields, lakes and rivers. 

Long Swamp Creek at Cove Road last Friday, December 28th was rushing high water throughout the day following a late-night storm that saw the National Weather Service issuing a flash flood watch for most of the state. 

Atlanta wasn’t the only place to break or come close to breaking records. According to The Weather Channel, 2018 was the wettest year on record in Washington D.C., Baltimore and over a dozen other cities in the East and Midwest. 

On December 15th, Reagan National Airport’s year-to-date precipitation total eclipsed the previous record-wet year in the nation’s capital, which had stood for 129 years, since Benjamin Harrison took office as president. Athens, Ga., as of December 28th, had a year-to-date surplus rainfall of 22.68 inches.