Lots of rain in 2018 made local rivers run high and fast. Will climate change make that a regular thing?

DANA BATE / WHYY – If you remember 2018 as being one rainstorm after the next, you aren’t far off.

Last year was the second rainiest on record in Philadelphia, with a total 61.6 inches over the year. That’s only narrowly edged out by 2011 – the year of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee – when Philadelphia soaked up 64.3 inches of rain.  The cities of Wilmington and Reading, as well as the entire state of New Jersey, recorded their rainiest year.

All that rain propelled some of the highest river flows on record. The Schuylkill in Philadelphia flowed at its highest rate since scientists began recording data in 1932. Ditto with the Delaware near Montague, New Jersey, where records date to 1940. In Trenton, the Delaware flowed at its second highest rate, with first place going to 2011 …

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