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2018: Lexington’s Wettest Year on Record

Posted at 8:33 PM, Dec 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-01 20:44:26-05

We did it! Lexington has a new wettest year on record. The record was broken at 11 AM Saturday, and more rain throughout the day solidifing 2018 in the top spot. The previous record was 66.35″ from 2011.

A dynamic storm across the middle of country brought off and on rain and thunderstorms to the Bluegrass. Light to moderate rain fall through most of the day. Late this evening a line of strong, gusty storms raced through central Kentucky. This line brought very brief but very heavy rain.

As of 8 PM, Blue Grass Airport’s rainfall total since midnight was over an inch, bringing the year-to-date total precipitation to 66.97″. The previous record was surpassed by 0.62″. This year is now 21.80″ above-normal. Lexington’s average annual total precipitation is 45.17″.

Here’s an interesting fact. In 2011 it took until December 27th to become the “wettest” year, which broke the long-standing record off 65.76″ from 1935. How high will the new record for Lexington’s wettest year go? We have practically the entire month of December to find out.