After almost 2 inches of rain fell on the region over the weekend, 2018 moved up in the record books to rank as Baltimore's fifth-wettest year on record.
There has been more than 57 inches of rain since Jan. 1 at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. A storm that moved up the East Coast on Friday and Saturday brought 1.78 inches of rain to BWI.
That moved 2018 ahead of 2009 and 2011 in the record books, and for now makes this year Baltimore’s wettest since 2003. That year holds the record for precipitation at BWI.
Now, the region is about 5 ½ inches away from that mark, 62.66 inches, with just more than two months left in the year.
Baltimore’s next chance for rain is forecast Thursday night into Friday.
Rainfall across much of the eastern United States is approaching record territory, according to the National Weather Service. This is already the third-wettest year on record in Hagerstown; Elkins, W.V.; Williamsport, Pa.; and Wilkes Barre, Pa., for example.
It’s already the wettest year on record in Wilmington, N.C., soaked by Hurricane Florence and then the remnants of Hurricane Michael.