YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) — Rainfall over the last 48 hours is pushing the Valley toward having one of the wettest Augusts on record. Doppler radar estimates across the area give a clear picture of how much rain has fallen over. A snapshot of the entire area averages more than 1.5″. The official measurement at the airport was 2.32″. Here at WYTV studios, we picked up 1.88″ of rain.
Locally, the amounts were higher. Radar estimates in Trumbull County show around 3.5″ around Leavittsburg and over 3″ around Cortland. Girard estimates are around 2.7″. For Mercer County estimates were a little lower. Sharon saw around 2.2″ and Greenville around 2.3″. Jackson Center received around 2.6″. Mahoning County saw heavier rain through the western half of the county. Around Youngstown, radar estimates came in at 1.8″. But for North Jackson it was nearly an inch higher at 2.7″. Sebring had just over 3″.
Columbiana County was spared from a lot of the heavier rain. The highest radar estimates were around Summitville were around 2″ of rain fell. Near lisbon, radar estimates were around 1.7″
The area hit hardest from the rain over the last 48 hours is just west and southwest of Columbiana County. Radar estimates in spots around Stark, Carroll, and Tuscarawas counties came in at over 5″.
Altogether, it has been a very soggy August. As of August 20th, the official rainfall total at the airport in Vienna, Trumbull County is 5.62″. That is 3.55″ above normal. Half of the month has been wet with rain falling on 10 of the last 20 days. We are also nearing the records for top 10 wettest Augusts. To break into the top 10, we only need 0.44″ of rain. The 10th wettest august occurred in 1975 when 6.06″ of rain fell. To get to number 1, we would need 2.24″ more. The wettest august occurred in 1956 when 7.86″ of rain fell.
If we see 0.98″ more rain, this would be the wettest August in 20 years. August 1994 is the 8th wettest on record, when 6.60″ of rain fell.