Talking about the winter of 2018-2019 in the Mid-Ohio Valley

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Meteorological winter ended on February 28th and as we look back, this past season was full of active weather but not the kind you may have expected.
Instead of seeing normal amounts of snow we experienced rain, and quite a bit of it. Here in Parkersburg we even got around to breaking some pretty old records.
We talked to NWS Charleston Meteorologist Tony Edwards about the weather we saw this winter.
“Well Parkersburg, it was your wettest winter on record and we define winter as the months of December, January, and February so calendar-wise while we are not done with winter just yet, meteorologically we are. And y’all had 15.87 inches of rain measured there at the airport which beat the previous record set back in 1949-1950 so a very wet winter and you can go back over a year now and we have above normal precipitation and it just doesn’t want to quit rain so definitely a very wet winter.”
And you can see next to me some pretty big pieces of driftwood that floated down the Ohio River earlier on in the season and this is all due to flooding but this brings up another good point. Why is flooding something we talk about so much here in the Mid-Ohio Valley?
“Yeah, winter and spring is typically our wet seasons here, like you said you can get flooding all year round and flash flooding is our problem in the summer, fall if you want to call it our dry season but in the winter and especially the spring we get those large weather systems that dump a lot of rain that cause flash flooding and river flooding, and small stream flooding as well. So really, there isn’t a period of the year where we are not susceptible to flooding and again here recently the weather pattern over the last few years has been above normal all through the year.”
Looking forward into the spring we will start to enter Severe Weather Season. With a very destructive and sadly deadly start to this season in the south we will see storms, flash flooding and possibly even tornadoes pose a threat to the Mid-Ohio Valley.
With the possibility of these threats on the horizon it is never too early to start getting prepared for what mother nature has in store for us.
“The best way you can prepare for severe weather or really any kind of disaster is to develop an emergency kit and there is a lot of resources online but basically that is just 72 hours of food, water, medicine, and really anything you need to be self-sufficient for 72 hours.”
With severe weather awareness week coming up soon for both Ohio and West Virginia make sure to watch for when we go more in depth on what you should do to keep yourself safe this upcoming spring.