ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Slow-moving weather systems that led to washed-out crops and landslides have helped Asheville erase its record for yearly rainfall.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the National Climatic Data Center says that since Jan. 1, Asheville has recorded 74.22 inches of rain, 29.49 inches above normal. The total beats the mark of 64.91 inches set in 1973.
Six months this year saw monthly totals of 6 inches or more, with the highest amounts in January, June and July. The frequent and heavy rain led to landslides, a number of them affecting major roadways. Several homes were damaged.
A slope failure on the Blue Ridge Parkway in July forced officials to close a section north of Asheville where a giant crack developed. Repairs are still under way at the site.