Record rainfall impacting local businesses

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On Saturday the National Weather Service reported that 2018 set a record as the wettest year in Washington, D.C.’s History. This goes as far as Winchester and surrounding areas. 

Around 6:30 a.m. the weather service recorded that 61.34 inches of rain had fallen at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in 2018, which breaks the record of 61.33 inches from 1889. 

Many local businesses, including nurseries and Christmas tree farms are seeing the effects. 

“It’s rained three Saturdays since Thanksgiving. Saturdays are our busiest day and tree sales have been slower on Saturdays this year and I think that’s put us behind where we normally would be,” said Meadows Farms manager Jason Cowne. 

Zach has been growing trees for 30 years and says he has lost more trees to fungus in 2018 than he has in years past. 

“Fungus will kill them if it gets on them, or eventually kill them if it gets bad enough. You can spray for it, keep on spraying and sometimes they come back sometimes they won’t,” said Christmas tree grower Zach Smith. 

These local businesses told WDVM that they hope 2019 brings less rain. 

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