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This Winter Really Was Exceptionally Rainy and Snowy

A pedestrian crosses a street where a foot or so of snow is turning to slush on Feb. 12, 2019, in Seattle.

A pedestrian crosses a street where a foot or so of snow is turning to slush on Feb. 12, 2019, in Seattle. AP Photo

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In the wettest winter on record, 19 states experienced some of their highest levels of precipitation for the month of February, NOAA reported this week.

The seemingly relentless rain and snow in much of the country has made this the wettest winter on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said this week.

The precipitation total from December through February clocked in at 9.01 inches, beating out the winter of 1997 to 1998 by .02 of an inch.

This could be seen all across the lower 48 states, with 19 states having a February that ranks within their top 10 wettest Februaries. Tennessee in particular experienced record levels of precipitation that month, NOAA found.

Rain totals in cities across Tennessee and Alabama set records, resulting in river flooding and mudslides in some areas.

Across the northern parts of the country, the wettest winter brought record snowfalls last month, with Seattle experiencing 20.2 inches to Minneapolis recording 39 inches. Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s 53.7 inches broke all monthly records for the small city in the central part of the state, topping the previous record of 32.1 inches in January 1999.

While all that snow was accompanied by cold temps in the western states, the deep South experienced winter temperatures that were decidedly warmer than usual. Florida, for example, posted its second hottest February on record, NOAA said.

Laura Maggi is Managing Editor at Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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