That’s how Bobby Miller, a National Weather Service observer based in Carroll County near the Pennsylvania line, described the past year.
It rained a lot in 2018.
The most ever in the county, according Miller, who’s been tracking precipitation totals since August 1981 on his own accord and since November 1987 for NWS.
His rainfall totals reached 79.65 inches of rain by midnight Dec. 31, he told the Times on Thursday. Miller’s previous record was 63.48 inches — more than a foot less — in 2011. He said he shattered that tally in October.
Those numbers are in line with those officially recorded at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The precipitation total of 71.82 inches in 2018 blew away the previous record of 62.66, according to The Baltimore Sun, and Baltimore weather stats have been kept since 1871.
You can't mention 2018 without talking about weather. Intense precipitation washed out roads, softened soils and down trees. Festival goers were forced to turn elsewhere for entertainment on multiple occasions, as iconic Carroll County events were rained out. And a tornado tore through Mount Airy.
“I was reading today how the scientists are predicting the polar vortex is going to split into three different regions and one of those is going to play havoc with our area,” he said. It’s going to make temperatures plenty cold for snow “and set up a blocking high over the northeast Atlantic, which will keep those storms from moving too quickly through us.”
A torrent of flood water rushed through a Westminster public works facility July 25, damaging the building extensively and prompting utilities workers to salvage expensive equipment. City officials estimate the damages to cost between $150,000 and $175,000.