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Betsy Filippo of Dennis Township, loads groceries into her car at the local market in Seaville, as heavier rain begins to fall, Tuesday March 20, 2018. A winter storm advisory was issued for Southern New Jersey. (Dale Gerhard / Press of Atlantic City)

This story was updated to include all of 2018's numbers. 

Atlantic City International Airport has recorded more than 68 inches of precipitation this year, breaking a 70-year record.

2018 Precip Depatures

Each of New Jersey's 21 counties had precipitation at least 25 percent higher than usual. Atlantic County had the second highest departure in the Garden State, 22.8 inches above the average. A record wet year was seen at Atlantic City International Airport. 

After the ball dropped and the bubbly drinks were passed out, 68.57 inches of precipitation was the final total for 2018. This surpassed the 65.8 inches recorded in 1948. Records at the airport go back to 1943. 

It was a year-round effort to reach the record. September and November were both number for wettest months. A second place finish in February and a fourth place one in May contributed heavily, too. 

The only months not in the top half of the charts was June and August. 

As for the state as a whole:

“We are solidly in second place, but need a few inches statewide to get close, which just may occur. Unless we really get clobbered with this event and then perhaps with some more precipitation before year’s end, it may be too close to call until late month preliminary statewide estimates start coming in,” said David A. Robinson, the New Jersey State Climatologist.

While Atlantic City International Airport can be considered the "official" climate site for The Press' coverage area, Millville and Cape May have long-standing observations, too. 

Cape May wound up second wettest, with 55.46 inches of precipitation. Like at A.C. Airport, 1948 was the year to beat, though "Exit 0" could not make the mark.

Wettest Year

Atlantic City International Airport ranked in first when it came to the wettest year on record. Though the airport is The Press' official climate station, other weather stations in Cape May and Millville rounded out the top 5. 

Furthermore, with the wet came the warmth. 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record at A.C. airport. 

Meanwhile, Millville was the fifth wettest year, at 54.06 inches of rain. Annual records go back to 1947 but were only consistent since 1960. The top spot was in 1989, which was nearly 5 inches higher. 

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