2019 by the numbers

/ January 3, 2020 at 10:54 AM
Water on the ground. We saw a lot of this in Charleston during 2019, from varying sources.

2019 proved to be another busy year for our weather, particularly when it comes to coastal flooding. Beyond the flooding, though, we had plenty of heat and another brush with a hurricane. (Seems pretty standard nowadays, no?) Let’s dig into the numbers…

Coastal flooding

This was, by all measures, a record year for coastal flooding in the Charleston area.

Kudos to the National Weather Service Charleston, SC forecast office for compiling a great coastal flooding resource this year, from which I was able to derive many of these data points.


It was another very warm year across the Lowcountry, as we did more time than we should over the century mark and have had a largely very mild winter so far. Some of the numbers…

Our brush with Dorian

It wasn’t a year in the late 2010s without some sort of a brush with a tropical system, and 2019 was no exception. This year’s scare was Dorian, a storm that was a monster Category 5 for the Abacos, doing tremendous damage from which those islands of the Bahamas are still working to recover from.

Once again, we got very lucky. Dorian recurved just 60 or so miles off the coast, and never made landfall in South Carolina. Some facts and figures from Dorian:

The National Weather Service in Charleston has an excellent recap of Dorian’s impacts on southeast SC on its website.

All in all, 2019 was another pretty busy year in the world of weather. And if I had to guess, 2020 will bring more of the same warmth, coastal flooding issues, and an uncomfortable brush with a tropical system. And like 2019, we’ll get through it together.