Pittsburgh precipitation on pace with 2018 through first 42 days of 2019 |

Pittsburgh precipitation on pace with 2018 through first 42 days of 2019

Renatta Signorini

Pittsburghers might want to start investing in some rain gear.

After surviving the wettest year on record in 2018, the region is on pace to match that through the first 42 days of 2019.

Through Feb. 11, 2018, the Pittsburgh area saw 5.62 inches of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service in Moon.

Through Feb. 11, 2019, there has been 5.15 inches of precipitation.

And with up to an additional inch of rain predicted Wednesday, it should be easy to catch up, said Alicia Miller, meteorologist and hydrologist at the service.

“That’s going to take us to closer if not over the amount we had this time last year,” she said.

The official precipitation total for the area was 57.83 inches in 2018. That’s the most in any year since 1937 when the weather service started keeping track.

The previous precipitation record holder was 2004 with 57.41 inches, an amount that included Hurricane Ivan.

Miller expects the regular water-related road closures, such as the 10th Street Bypass in Pittsburgh, to start soon as rivers and streams are on the rise.

In 2018, Pittsburgh hit flood stage — 25 feet on the Monongahela River side of the Point — three times. That last happened in the 1930s, Miller said. Pittsburgh should see the rivers crest a few feet below flood stage with the current precipitation, she said.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta.