Record rainfall: 2018 is one of wettest in history for Rome with more than 15 inches of rain above normal, but will probably be just shy of official rainfall record of 68.56 inches.

Record rainfall: 2018 is one of wettest in history for Rome with more than 15 inches of rain above normal, but will probably be just shy of official rainfall record of 68.56 inches.

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With more than 15 inches above the normal average rainfall amount, 2018 will go on record as one of the wettest years in history. According to the National Weather Service, Rome’s rainfall total for this year is currently at 66.77 inches (through midnight Monday), which is 15.02 inches above the normal average of 51.75 inches. These measurements are recorded at the Rome Airport. Cartersville has received 58.46 inches of rain so far this year, above the normal of 49.74 inches.

The NWS predicts another 0.75 of an inch of rain today, but that won’t be enough to break the official record of 68.56 inches set in 1964 for Rome. However, the rainfall total for this year recorded at the Rome Ag Center off Bells Ferry Road is currently at 69.2 inches.

In 2017, Rome received 53.55 inches and Cartersville received 54.94 inches of rainfall. Below are charts from the NWS showing the ‘rainfall departures from normal’ for both Rome and Cartersville. You can see that rainfall in Rome over the last two months has been double the normal value with 18.53 inches received compared to 9.18 inches average. Same for Cartersville with 16.78 inches recorded over last two month compared to 8.25 normal value.

ROME RAINFALL DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL
                                 TOTAL     NORMAL  DEPARTURE  PERCENT
                                 RAINFALL  VALUE   FROM       OF
                                                   NORMAL     NORMAL

  1 MONTH (LAST 30 DAYS)          10.22     4.41     5.81     232%
  2 MONTH (LAST 60 DAYS)          18.53     9.18     9.35     202%
  3 MONTH (LAST 90 DAYS)          22.13    12.92     9.21     171%
  6 MONTH (LAST 180 DAYS)         40.85    24.39    16.46     167%
  1 YEAR  (LAST 365 DAYS)         66.67    51.92    14.75     128%
  2 YEARS (LAST 730 DAYS)        120.53   103.84    16.69     116%
  3 YEARS (LAST 1095 DAYS)       152.92   155.87    -2.95      98%
YEAR-TO-DATE COMPARED TO YEAR-TO-DATE NORM:
  SINCE 1 JAN                     66.67    51.75    14.92     129%
YEAR-TO-DATE COMPARED TO YEARLY NORM:
  SINCE 1 JAN                     66.67    51.92    14.75     128%
CARTERSVILLE RAINFALL DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL
                                 TOTAL     NORMAL  DEPARTURE  PERCENT
                                 RAINFALL  VALUE   FROM       OF
                                                   NORMAL     NORMAL

  1 MONTH (LAST 30 DAYS)           8.73     4.22     4.51     207%
  2 MONTH (LAST 60 DAYS)          16.78     8.25     8.53     203%
  3 MONTH (LAST 90 DAYS)          21.58    11.53    10.05     187%
  6 MONTH (LAST 180 DAYS)         31.89    23.37     8.52     136%
  1 YEAR  (LAST 365 DAYS)         58.30    49.93     8.37     117%
  2 YEARS (LAST 730 DAYS)        113.64    99.86    13.78     114%
  3 YEARS (LAST 1095 DAYS)       148.67   149.90    -1.23      99%
YEAR-TO-DATE COMPARED TO YEAR-TO-DATE NORM:
  SINCE 1 JAN                     58.30    49.74     8.56     117%
YEAR-TO-DATE COMPARED TO YEARLY NORM:
  SINCE 1 JAN                     58.30    49.93     8.37     117%
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