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Pittsburgh on pace to set another annual rainfall record

Matt Rosenberg
Heavy rains caused flash flooding, high water and mudslides throughout the area on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Storm drains clogged with debris causing dangerous driving conditions along Old William Penn Highway between Laurel Drive and Thompson Run.
Heavy rains flooded parts of Freeport Road near UPMC St. Margaret hospital on Thursday, July 11, 2019, near Aspinwall.
Freeport Road at the entrance to St. Margaret Hospital near Aspinwall was closed due to flooding on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

The Pittsburgh region could be on track to smash last year’s record-setting rainfall total.

The National Weather Service in Moon said rainfall recorded this year at Pittsburgh International Airport is more than 2 inches ahead of 2018’s pace.

Pittsburgh set a new annual rainfall record in 2018 with 57.83 inches of rain. So far in 2019, 32.18 inches of rain have fallen.

With more than a week remaining in the month, July has already been the wettest month of 2019 at 6.79 inches. That would rank as the third-wettest month of 2018. Storms over the past two weeks have caused flooding, numerous road closures and extensive damage around the region.

If it got no more rain in July, Pittsburgh would need to average 5.13 inches of rain from August-December to tie the 2018 record. Pittsburgh averaged 5.10 inches during those months in 2018 and has averaged 4.60 inches so far in 2019.

Here’s a look at how 2019 stacks up to 2018. Totals from the NWS are based only on recordings at the airport. Totals from individual municipalities will vary.

Matt Rosenberg is a Tribune-Review assistant multimedia editor. You can contact Matt at 412-320-7937, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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