2018 set record for rainfall in Greensboro

Thunderstorms dumped rain, delayed college baseball games and caused umbrellas to collapse in Greensboro on May 6, one of many days that made 2018 a record-breaking year for rainfall.

GREENSBORO — Greensboro closed out 2018 with more wet weather, breaking the record for most rainfall in a single year.

By late afternoon Monday, Greensboro’s yearly total had reached 64.09 inches, surpassing 2003’s record total of 62.32 inches, according to the latest data available on the National Weather Service website.

Greensboro’s average annual rainfall is 40 inches, according to meteorologists at WFMY-Channel 2.

National Weather Service meteorologist Gail Hartfield said she expected about a half-inch to fall in Guilford County throughout Monday.

(Side note: The weather service usually gives out historic data over the phone, but was not allowed to do so on Monday. Hartfield said that is among the duties curtailed by the partial government shutdown.)

Greensboro joins several other cities around the state that broke rainfall records in 2018, although none have topped Rosman’s record from 1964. That year, 129 inches fell on the mountain town, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Through Sunday, Wilmington hit 102.4 inches, 23 of which came from Hurricane Florence, according to the weather service website. The previous record was 83.65 inches set in 1877. By comparison, the city’s annual average is 57.61 inches.

Asheville is trailing Wilmington with more than 70 inches of rain this year.

Meteorologists expected rain locally to continue through 6 p.m. Monday with some possible light rain later in the evening.

In Greensboro, 2019 rings in pretty much how 2018 goes out — with some rain. But Wednesday will be dry.

A second storm system approaching Guilford County on Thursday is expected to dump more rain over the area.

However, forecasters say it should clear up in time for the first weekend of the new year to be sunny with highs in the mid-50s.

Contact Danielle Battaglia at 336-373-4476 and follow @dbattagliaNR on Twitter.

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