Wilmington was the wettest city on east coast in 2018


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It should come as no surprise that Wilmington was the wettest city on the east coast in 2018.

From snow and ice early in January, through a soggy summer and the record-breaking rainfall of hurricane flooding, the official rain gauge at Wilmington International Airport saw more than 102 inches of precipitation. That’s more than eight feet of water, and nearly a foot and a half more than the previous record set more than a century ago.

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ILM hit 102.40″ of rain last year. Newport/Morehead City fell just short of that with 101.96″. North Carolina cities made up the top 5 wettest places on the east coast.

So how remarkable was last year’s total rainfall? Consider these statistics from the National Weather Service:

  • Wilmington’s average annual rainfall: 57.61″
  • Previous record annual rainfall: 83.65″ in 1877
  • This year Wilmington has recorded the most number of days ever with daily rainfall greater than 1.503.00, and 4.00 inches.

All of it means 2018 was certainly been one for the record books.