Awfully wet, isn’t it? Precipitation record set in Pittsburgh region so far in 2018
If it seems wetter than normal so far in 2018 — you’re right.
In fact, it’s the wettest start ever to a year in the Pittsburgh area, according to the National Weather Service in Moon.
“We’re running double, basically, of what we normally are,” said meteorologist Tim Axford.
Between Jan. 1 and April 7, the region has had 16.18 inches of precipitation.
The normal is 8.86 inches.
That precipitation total includes rain and melted snow. The new record was bolstered by heavy rains and snow in January , a February rainfall record and March’s spring snowstorm that dumped up to 10 inches of snow around the region. Ten inches of snow generally equals about 1inch of liquid, Axford said.
This is the wettest start to the year we’ve ever had in Pittsburgh. We’ve had 16.18 inches, and normal is 8.86 inches. Having the wettest February on record helped that out. This includes liquid included in snowfall – we melt the snow down to record the liquid water content. pic.twitter.com/OA8kZ9LbuN
— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) April 8, 2018
In a graph released by the National Weather Service, it appears that the previous precipitation record during the same time period was set with 15 inches in the 1956.
“We have started out wet but we’ll probably make up for it at some point during the year,” Axford said. “It’ll average out to some extent.”
Summer isn’t here just yet, but more spring-like temperatures are finally arriving.
“It’s turning around,” Axford said. “People that are upset about the cold are going to be rejoicing by the end of the week.”
After a few rounds of light snow early in the week, warm air will push into the area with highs reaching 60 and 70 degrees on Thursday and Friday, Axford said. Rain is expected to follow during the weekend.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @byrenatta.