2018 brought record rainfall to many U.S. cities • Earth.com

Last update: November 16th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory represents the rainfall totals across the United States in 2018.

More specifically, the map shows how groundwater has responded to the unusually wet weather that accumulated in some regions.

The blue areas on the map have the most abundant groundwater, while the orange and red areas have the least.

For many cities, this year was the wettest on record.

Washington, D.C. received 64.22 inches of rainfall, exceeding its previous annual rainfall record set in 1889 of 61.33 inches. In Wilmington, North Carolina, 99.98 inches of rain have fallen so far this year.

The map was developed by scientists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center using meteorological data integrated into an advanced computer model.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

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