This Week in Weather 12/15/18-12/21/18

As 2018 comes to a close, the weather hasn’t slowed down a bit! This week, weather records were broken all over the country. Take a look for yourself below!

  • On Saturday, December 15 as of 9a, Wilmington, NC officially hit 100” of rain in 2018.
    • Washington DC also officially hit their wettest year on record on Saturday. They reached 61.34”, the old record was 61.33” in 1889!
  • 72 locations across the US are currently in their wettest year on record.
  • There was a confirmed EF2 tornado in Kitsap County, WA on Tuesday, December 18. Tornadoes in Washington are rare- they average 2.5 a year and .1 during the month of December!
    • This is the strongest tornado to hit Washington state since 1986.
  • On Thursday, December 20, Tampa had 12 tornado warnings alone. In all Decembers from 1986 – 2017 they had 12 tornado warnings.
  • On Thursday, December 20, Orlando, FL received over 3.58″ of rain. This breaks the old record for Dec 20 of 1.50″ set in 1911. It is also the 2nd highest December total on record dating back to 1892.
    • Tampa had 3.37″ this day too, beating the daily record of 1.39″ from 1915. This puts the city total at the 4th highest for all December days.
  • Morehead City, NC joined Wilmington, NC in the 100-inch Club on Thursday, December after hitting 100.43” for the year.
  • The state of Florida tallied 34 total tornado warnings on Thursday, December 20, which is a record for the entire month of December in just one day! (Previous record in one December was 26 warnings)

We hope you have a safe week leading into the holidays!


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  1. There were terrible wildfires in the state this year; however, none near me.
    Then when the rains came, there were mudslides near the hills, but none near me. This area was lucky, but we could have used more rain. Very dry year in this area.