Rainfall Set To Move Into WNC Tomorrow, Will Likely Make 2018 Wettest Year On Record

Weather models continue to indicate that another frontal passage will occur Thursday and into Friday, bringing with it heavy rain, and some flash flooding. The Asheville Airport currently sits at 73.98” of rainfall for the year. In 2013 The Asheville Airport received 75.22” of rainfall, which currently holds the position of wettest year on record. If Asheville receives 1.24” of rain or more from this system, we will break an all-time yearly rainfall record. Most models show 1.75” of rain or more falling between now and Saturday, so it seems likely that we will break the record. Below are a few model depictions of how much precipitation will fall.

GFS Precipitation Depiction Thru Saturday Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

Euro Precipitation Totals Thru Saturday Courtesy of Weather.us

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12km Nam Precipitation Totals Curtesy of Pivotalweather.com

Breaking The Record

Even if 1.24” or more is not recording at the Asheville Airport from this event, another front will move in on Sunday and into Monday that will likely push us over the top. So right now I am predicting that 2018 will go down as the wettest year on record for WNC. We have been talking about this record here at AshevilleWX since we broke the all-time monthly rainfall record back in May. So now two major rainfall records will fall in 2018! This is astonishing. I won’t delve into the climate aspect of this, but it is monumental that we are breaking this record again… and should be noteworthy to all. Check back soon for another update as this event approaches, and we track the rainfall as it falls.