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2018 was Cincinnati's 3rd wettest year on record

2018 saw 55.90 inches of rainfall
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Posted at 7:24 AM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-01 07:26:46-05

CINCINNATI -- Not only did 2018 close with a soggy day and gusty winds, the amount of rain on the final day of the year also tipped the scales for rainfall records.

Cincinnati finished the year as the 3rd wettest on record with 55.90 inches of rainfall, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The normal amount of rain during a calendar year is 42.52 inches. The means we saw more than a foot of extra rainfall.

Here's a look at the wettest months and record setting events.

Six out of 12 months were "above average" when you look at rainfall.

  • February - 7.80"
  • April - 3.92"
  • August - 8.21"
  • September - 6.76"
  • November - 5.63"
  • December - 5.56"

But within each of those record setting months, several events stick out as the main source for the staggering monthly totals. Here are the five record setting rainfall events during the year in Cincinnati. These are for 24 hour periods.

  • February 24 - 2.26"
  • August 16 - 5.02"
  • September 8 - 3.92"
  • November 1 - 1.99"
  • December 1 - 1.84"

When rainfall numbers like that happen, the events turn visual. here's a look back at some of our biggest soakers and stories.
February Flooding Aerial View
West Chester Flooding in August
Aurora River Flooding