2023 is officially Fort Lauderdale’s wettest year to date — shattering a record set more than seven decades ago.
After torrential downpours and flooding slammed South Florida last week, Fort Lauderdale surpassed more than 108 inches of rain in 2023, according Sammy Hadi, a meteorological the National Weather Service in Miami. That’s almost more than double the city’s usually annual average of more than 60 inches.
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And there’s still a month-and-a-half until the year ends. The rain to date topped that of 1947, when the city, Hadi added, saw more than 102 inches of rain.
How wet was it?
Last week’s brutal rains came after a no-name storm swept South Florida over two days and dumped up to 14 inches of rain in some spots. The damage, according to the National Hurricane Center, was enough to rival some tropical storms that have swept the region in recent years.
In April, “unprecedented” rainfall battered Fort Lauderdale, with flooding leaving behind about $2 million in damage. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport closed, major roads were impassible as well as cars and homes were swamped by the rapidly rising water.
Both floods may have helped break another record, too. According to NBC 6 meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin, Fort Lauderdale is now the wettest city in the country — at least so far.
Fort Lauderdale has had a total of FIVE days with 10″+ of rain since we’ve been keeping records. TWO of them happened in 2023, which is now Fort Lauderdale’s wettest year on record. Fort Lauderdale is also America’s wettest city in 2023 so far! @nbc6 #climateincrisis #nbc6 pic.twitter.com/wtDOEW2yr3
— Steve MacLaughlin (@SteveMacNBC6) November 17, 2023
“The flooding in South Florida had four components: a climate change-fueled rainbomb, climate change-fueled sea-level rise, King Tide-fueled sea-level rise, a strong on-shore wind, just like on Florida’s west coast last year with Ian!” MacLaughlin said on X, formerly known as Twitter.