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BLOG: Wet end to 2015

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Wednesday’s record rainfall and flooding put the damper on what turned out to be a very wet year across the WBTV viewing area.

As we close the books on 2015, just under 50 inches of rain fell in the Queen City. That’s about eight inches above the 30 year running average of 41.63".

What I find fascinating is this: on Labor Day - less than four months ago - we were in the hole…by nearly seven inches.

Talk about a turn-around!

Here are the soggy numbers: On September 7, Labor Day, 22.42” of rain had fallen in Charlotte year-to-date (YTD).  That was 6.93” below average to that point.

Since then, we’ve received a whopping 26.91” of rain, more than DOUBLE the average of 12.28” for the period (just under four months).

I’m not sure if that’s a record – such data might not even be collected / measured – but it’s astounding! 

And what’s even more impressive, that 27 inches of rain came without the “benefit” of a land-falling hurricane or tropical storm. 

When we look back at wet Autumns here, oftentimes we can point to one or more decaying tropical systems lifting north from the Gulf Coast saturating the Carolina Piedmont. 

That was not the case this year.

To be accurate, the Carolinas did receive a LOT of rain indirectly associated with major hurricane Joaquin in early October that brought devastating flooding to many parts of South Carolina, but the fact is, we took no direct hits.

Thankfully, we’re now looking ahead to a drier – and cooler – local pattern as we roll into 2016, so travel plans should not be hampered by weather.  And it looks as if this pattern will hold for a few days into next week as most folks head back to the routine of work and school.

Happy New Year!

- WBTV Meteorologist Al Conklin

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