WAVE Country’s biggest weather events of 2018

A look back at wild weather in WAVE Country

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - We’re nearing the end of year which may very well become Louisville’s wettest on record. That would be just one of the top weather headlines of 2018.

It seems like it's been the year with no defined seasons – winter was off to a slow start with very little cold & snow. In fact, an all-time record high of 82 degrees for the month of February was set on the 20th.

On the first day of Spring we saw snow – measuring nearly a foot during the month of March.

The first day of Spring 2018 saw snow across WAVE Country.
The first day of Spring 2018 saw snow across WAVE Country. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Heavy rain also caused problems yielding the biggest flood on the Ohio River since March 1997.

One Louisville resident said, "I've lived here my entire life and I haven't seen it this high, maybe ever."

The Ohio River left it banks in the worst flooding seen since March 1997.
The Ohio River left it banks in the worst flooding seen since March 1997. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

The First Saturday in May is always memorable, but more so this year with the unending rain totaling more than 3" and leaving behind a sloppy track and stranded motorists.

Severe weather season was relatively calm – a rare February tornado did touchdown in Green County – an EF 2 it would the strongest of the year. We also recorded an EF 1 tornado in New Middletown, IN on July 20. Most will recall the biggest severe threat on October 31 advancing Halloween plans for many and leaving behind EF 1 damage in Hardin County, near Rineyville.

A EF-1 tornado on Halloween left behind damage in Hardin County, near Rineyville.
A EF-1 tornado on Halloween left behind damage in Hardin County, near Rineyville. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

"I just looked out the window and saw stuff flying. There was clouds all over and I just ran to the basement," said a lady that lived through the New Middletown, Indiana Tornado.

An early season winter storm that brought our first bout with freezing rain during the month of November since 1989
An early season winter storm that brought our first bout with freezing rain during the month of November since 1989 (Source: WAVE 3 News)

As we prepared for Fall, the leaves hung on. Combined with an early season winter storm that brought our first bout with freezing rain during the month of November since 1989 – knocking out power to more than 100,000 customers.

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