NORTH CAROLINA – It seemed like it would never stop raining at times in 2018. A new report just out from the State Climate Office shows it was the wettest year on record for North Carolina based on the statewide average rainfall. Several cities in the state set records for the wettest year including Asheville, Greensboro, and Wilmington.
Last month also became the wettest December for the state based on weather data that dates back to 1895.
Wilmington was one of the wettest cities in the state for the year with just over 102 inches from January through December. Around 24 inches of that came from Hurricane Florence in September.
The Port City was not the wettest location in the entire state though. That honor goes to Mount Mitchell which measured 140.19 inches for 2018.
Climatologists will closely review that annual measurement over the coming weeks. If it stands without any changes, it would set the new all-time record rainfall for any location in North Carolina. Prior to 2018, the wettest year for any one spot in the state was 137.37 inches at Lake Toxaway in 2013.