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NWS: Bridgeport had its 2nd wettest year on record

January 4, 2019

With rain in the forecast ... again ... comes the news that 2018 was Bridgeport’s second wettest year on record.

The Northeast Regional Climate Center says Bridgeport (or more specifically, Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford had a total of 60.40 inches of rain.

That’s 17.66 inches more than average, or 141 percent of normal.

The record for the most precipitation for one year is 73.92 inches set in 1972.

Islip, N.Y. - across Long Island Sound - also saw its second wettest year with a total of 64.17 inches; 17.93 inches higher than average.

The center said, “2018 came to a close on the wet side of normal for almost the entire Northeast. In fact, eight of the 35 major climate sites had their wettest year on record, and another 18 sites ranked 2018 among their 20 wettest years on record. Annual precipitation ranged from 75 percent of normal in a few locations in New York and northern New England up to 200 percent of normal in parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the Mid-Atlantic.”

Among the cities having their wettest year on record were Baltimore, Washington, D.C.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Dulles Airport, Virginia; Scranton, Pa.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Wilmington, Delaware; and Charleston, West Va.

Hartford had its fifth wettest year on record with 62.75 inches or 16.9 inches above average.

Danbury’s 2018 precipitation was 55.84 inches (5.97 higher than average) and well below the record set in 2011 with 69.71 inches.

New Haven’s 52.02 inches was nearly five inches above average. It fell 5.2 inches short of breaking the 1972 all-time wettest year record of 57.22 inches.

Precipitation at White Plains airport, near Greenwich, totaled 59.49 inches in 2018, more 10 inches more than average.

Average temperatures for 2018 ranged from 1 degree below normal to more than 3 degrees above normal, with most areas on the warm side. All 35 major climate sites were warmer than normal, with 27 sites ranking 2018 among their 20 warmest years on record.

Bridgeport’s average annual temperature was 53.7 degrees - 1.3 degrees higher than normal - to make it the eleventh warmest year on record.

Hartford with an average temperature of 51.5 degrees was only one degree above normal.

The forecast for the weekend calls for more rain, possibility more than an inch.

“Cloudswill increase this evening as another low pressure system approaches the area from the southwest,” the National Weather Service says.

“Precipitation will become likely from southwest to northeast after midnight tonight. Conditions will be warm enough for the precipitation to start as plain rain across the entire tri-state. The rain will come down moderate to briefly heavy at times late tonight and during the day Saturday, tapering off and ending Saturday night. The second half of the weekend will be dry and continued seasonably warm.”

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