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2018 was warmer than normal and also much wetter than normal in most places

Here’s a quick look at the 2018 climate across the Southeast using the High Plains Regional Climate Center’s map site. The maps show that almost all of the Southeast experienced temperatures that were 1-2 degrees F above normal. Precipitation was also well above normal in most of the Southeast, fed by several tropical systems as well as a persistent storm track across the region that brought rainstorms to the region. The only places that were below normal were parts of the coastal plain in Georgia and South Carolina (which experienced drought earlier in the year) and southeast Florida, which is in moderate drought now. More details will be available later, but a lot of data are not currently accessible due to the government shutdown.