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Rain, rain go away
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McMinnville and the entire Tennessee Valley were pounded by rain in 2018. Houston Roberts works to get his Chevy Blazer pulled from Pepper Branch Park after it was overcome by floodwaters in March.

Maybe Mother Nature will make a resolution for less rain in 2019.

It was a record year for rainfall in the Tennessee Valley in 2018, including a very soggy year in McMinnville.

There were 67.34 inches of rain recorded in McMinnville, according to figures from McMinnville Water Plant, which keeps official totals. That averages out to 5.61 inches of rain per month.

In comparison, that’s nearly 18 inches more rain than the city received in 2012 when there were 49.54 inches of rain.

TVA spokesman Scott Brooks says 2018 is the wettest year on record in the Tennessee Valley. He says the utility measured a basin average of 67.1 inches of rain across the valley in 2018, beating the previous record of 65.1 inches in 1973.

TVA says the Tennessee Valley region normally averages 51 inches of rain a year. McMinnville’s average over the past seven years is 57.6 inches of rain.

Local residents who want to leave their umbrella at home may get their wish this week. According to AccuWeather, rain is not in the extended forecast for McMinnville until Friday afternoon when there is a chance for a drizzle.