Last Month Was Pittsburgh’s Third Wettest September On Record

2018 on track to be one of the wettest years for the region

October 01, 2018 - 12:28 pm

By Jennifer Bloodworth for NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — We've wrapped up the third wettest September in Pittsburgh history, and we're on track for one of the wettest years on record.

With three more months left in the year, AccuWeather meteorologist Elliott Abrams says we're already 6.5 inches ahead of average annual rainfall.

“The main thing has been the continuous rivers of moisture that have come in from the Gulf of Mexico and up into the Eastern states to produce all the rain that we’ve had.”

Hurricanes and tropical storms contributed rainfall as well, especially in September.

By this time of the year, Pittsburgh usually gets about 30 inches of rain. But this year, we've gotten almost 45 inches already. That extra 15 inches has 2018 on track to be one of the wettest years ever.

The National Weather Service lists 1864 as the 13th wettest year for Pittsburgh with 45 inches, only one-third of an inch more than what the region has already seen in 2018.

Last month was the 11th wettest on record. Abrams says it’s unclear if the trend will continue.

“It looks like it’s goiong to be warmer than average through the month of October and perhaps November,” Abrams said. “As far as precipitation is concerned, it’s tough to tell. It’s going to be storm-by-storm as to what they bring whether it’s rain or snow.”

Don’t worry; most of Pittsburgh’s snow will come in the later parts of the winter.

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