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March Precipitation Summary:

Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall total of 4.05 inches in March. The central parts of the state received the most rainfall with rainfall amounts ranging from 3.44 inches to 5.93 inches. The northern and southern parts of the state received the least rainfall totals with amounts ranging from 0.46 inches to 4.01 inches. Mississippi experienced drought conditions during the month of March that gradually improved as the month progressed. Increasing amounts of rainfall throughout the month helped to alleviate some drought conditions. Overall, Mississippi saw a small improvement of the drought conditions throughout March due to increasing rainfall amounts as the month continued.

Most Monthly Precipitation in March:

The station that received the most rainfall for the month of March was MS-AM-3 in Gloster that reported 6.93 inches of total precipitation. The station that received the second highest rainfall totals for the month of March was MS-GD-3 in Grenada with 6.46 inches of rainfall reported. Overall, 27 stations received over 5 inches of rainfall for the month of March. The heaviest precipitation fell in the central counties in the state, with amounts ranging from 3.44 inches to 5.93 inches. The lightest precipitation fell in the southern and northern counties in the state, with amounts ranging from 0.46 inches to 4.01 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in March:

There were 3307 reports of rainfall in Mississippi during the month of March. The station that reported the highest one-day total precipitation in March was MS-AM-3 in Gloster, which reported 3.91 inches on March 30, 2017. The station that reported the second highest one-day total precipitation in March was MS-FK-2 in Meadville, which reported 3.24 inches on March 30, 2017. These two stations were the only stations to receive over 3.20 inches of rainfall for one day in March.
 3.02 inches in February. 




Map and Summary by Megan Spade
February Precipitation Summary:

Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 3.02 inches in February. The central and southeastern parts of the state received the most rainfall, with rainfall amounts ranging from 2.29 inches to 5.66 inches. The southwestern parts of the state received the least rainfall, with rainfall amounts ranging from 0.81 inches to 2.79 inches.  Mississippi experienced drought conditions throughout the month of February that slowly worsened as the month progressed because of a lack of significant rainfall across the state. Overall, Mississippi saw the worsening of drought conditions and a general lack of higher rainfall totals during the month of February.

Most Monthly Precipitation in February:

The station that received the most rainfall for the month of February was station MS-JC-8 in Ocean Springs, which reported 5.67 inches of rain. The station that received the second highest rainfall totals for the month of February was MS-JC-12 in Ocean Springs, with 5.65 inches of rainfall reported. Overall, 19 stations reported over 4 inches of rainfall for the month of February. The heaviest precipitation fell in the central and southeastern parts of the state and ranged from 2.29 inches to 5.66 inches. The lightest precipitation fell in the southwestern part of the state and ranged from 0.81 inches to 2.79 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in February:

There were 3009 reports of rainfall across Mississippi in February. The highest reported precipitation for one day in February was 4.56 inches and was reported by MS-JC-12 in Ocean Springs on February 8, 2017. The second highest reported precipitation for one day in February was 4.37 inches and was reported by MS-JC-8 in Ocean Springs on February 8, 2017. These two stations were the only two stations to receive over 4 inches of rainfall for one day in February.







Map and Summary by Megan Spade
feb 2017

jan 2017

January Precipitation Summary:

For the month of January, Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 8.64 inches. The southern areas of the state received the most rainfall in January with rainfall amounts ranging from 6.47 inches to 17.03 inches. The northern parts of the state received the least amount of rainfall in January with values ranging from 1.63 inches to 10.62 inches. There was a drought during January across the state that improved throughout the month. Increasing rainfall amounts as the month progressed helped to improve the dry conditions. Overall, Mississippi saw an improvement in drought conditions in January as a result of helpful rainfall amounts.

Most Monthly Precipitation in January:

The station that received the most rainfall amount in January was MS-GG-2 in Lucedale, MS with 17.03 inches of reported rainfall. The station that received the second highest rainfall amount in January was MS-JC-2 in Ocean Springs, MS with 16.8 inches reported. Overall, 15 stations reported over 13 inches of rainfall for the month of January. The heaviest precipitation amounts were reported in the southern parts of the state and ranged from 6.47 inches to 17.03 inches. The lightest precipitation amounts were reported in the northern parts of the state and ranged from 1.63 inches to 10.62 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in January:

There were 3479 reports of rainfall across Mississippi in January. MS-JC-2 in Ocean Springs reported the highest one-day precipitation total in January with 9.33 inches on January 1, 2017. MS-JC-12 in Ocean Springs reported the second highest one-day precipitation total in January with 7.49 inches on January 1, 2017. These two stations were the only stations to receive more than 7.45 inches of precipitation on one day in January.



Map and Summary by Megan Spade




New State Coordinator


This will be my last newsletter as state coordinator for Mississippi CoCoRaHS. Dr. Mike Brown,  our State Climatologist, will be taking over for me this month.  I wanted to let everyone know that I enjoyed my 8+ years volunteering for CoCoRaHS as the state coordinator, and I appreciate the time y'all take to make your daily reports. After I moved and my schedule changed, I realized how difficult it can be to remember to check and report daily! I believe the past newsletters will stay up, and you can feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  My email address is at the bottom of the page. 

Thanks for your service as observers!

-Kathy Sherman-Morris
 


December precipitation

December Precipitation Summary:

For the month of December, Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 5.3 inches. The southern areas of the state received the most rainfall in December with rainfall amounts ranging from 3.72 inches to 17.54 inches. The northern parts of the state received the least rainfall in December with rainfall amounts ranging from 0.25 inches to 7.1 inches. Mississippi saw a drought through the month of December that improved greatly as the month progressed with the aid of rainfall. Overall, Mississippi saw the improvement of drought conditions across the state due to steady rainfall amounts occurring throughout December.

Most Monthly Precipitation in December:

The station that received the most rainfall in December was MS-JC-15 in Ocean Springs with 17.61 inches reported for the month. The station that reported the second highest rainfall amounts was MS-HR-10 in Pass Christian with 14.97 inches. Overall, 14 stations reported over 8 inches of rainfall for the month of December. The heaviest precipitation amounts ranged from 3.72 inches to 17.54 inches and occurred mainly in the southern half of the state. The lightest precipitation amounts ranged from 0.25 inches to 7.1 inches and occurred mainly in the northern parts of the state.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in December:

There were 3450 reports of rainfall across Mississippi in December. MS-HR-15 in Pass Christian reported the highest rainfall amount in one day with 5.17 inches reported on December 6, 2016. The second highest rainfall amount reported in one day was 4.04 inches at MS-JC-2 in Ocean Springs on December 5, 2016. These two stations were the only two stations to receive over 4 inches of rain in one day in December.


Map and Summary by Megan Spade


November Precipitation Summary:

For the month of November, Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 3.4 inches. The area that received the most precipitation was the central and northern parts of the state with rainfall amounts ranging from 2.43 inches to 10.48 inches. The area that received the least precipitation was the southern part of the state with rainfall amounts ranging from 0.2 inches to 4.92 inches. Mississippi experienced drought conditions for the month of November. The drought improved as the month continued due to an increase in rainfall, which explains some of the higher rainfall totals. Overall, November was a mixed month for Mississippi with the persistence of drought combined with the relief of drought at the end of the month.

Most Monthly Precipitation in November:

The station that received the most monthly precipitation in November was MS-GD-9 in Grenada, MS with 10.5 total reported inches. The station that received the second highest monthly precipitation was MS-GD-3 also in Grenada, MS with 6.23 total reported inches. Overall, 10 stations reported over 5 inches of total monthly rainfall in November. The heaviest precipitation amounts, which ranged in value from 2.43 inches to 10.48 inches, fell in the northern and central parts of the state. The southern part of the state, which received the least amounts of rainfall, had rainfall totals between 0.2 inches and 4.92 inches.
 
Most 24-hour Precipitation in November:

In November, there were 3190 reports of rainfall for Mississippi. MS-GD-9 station in Grenada reported the most rainfall in one day with 5.50 inches reported on November 30, 2016. Both MS-HR-27 and MS-HR-12 stations in Long Beach reported the second highest rainfall in one day with 4.66 inches reported on November 8, 2016. These 3 stations were the only stations to receive over 4.5 inches of rainfall in one day in November.

Map and Summary by Megan Spade
November precipitation

October Precipitation
October Precipitation Summary: For the month of October, Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 0.38 inches. The area that received the heaviest precipitation was the northwest part of the state with some totals in this area between 1.93 and 3.12 inches. The central and southern parts of the state received the least amount of rainfall in October with totals between 0 and 0.99 inches. The extreme southern counties of the state received a medium amount of rainfall with totals between 0 and 1.92 inches. Mississippi experienced drought conditions in the month of October. Many locations reported many consecutive days with 0 inches of rain received. The drought monitor showed that conditions continually increased throughout the month. Some counties of the state even experienced Extreme Drought for a majority of the month. Overall, October was a dry month that did not receive as much precipitation as is normal for Mississippi.

Most Monthly Precipitation in October:
The highest amount of monthly precipitation reported in October, which was 2.39 inches, was reported by Charleston 3.5 SW in Tallahatchie County, MS. The second highest monthly precipitation was reported by Senatobia 1.5 S in Tate County with 2.36 inches. Overall, 14 stations had monthly precipitation totals that were over 1 inch. The heaviest precipitation amounts, which were between 1.93 and 3.12 inches, were in the northwestern area of the state. The majority of the rest of Mississippi had rainfall amounts between 0 and 1.92 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in October:
In October, there were 3257 reports of rainfall. Senatobia 1.5 S station reported the most rainfall in one day with 2.03 inches on October 15, 2016. The second highest station that reported the most rainfall in one day was Ripley 1.8 ESE with 1.97 inches of rain on October 15, 2016. These two stations were the only two stations to receive over 1.75 inches of rainfall in one day in October.


Map and Summary by Megan Spade


The following water year chart was from station Flowood 2.9 NW in Rankin County. This observer had daily reports, so should be a pretty accurate representation. Notice that at the beginning and end of the water year, the blue line is flat. These are long periods of no rainfall. Last October, Rankin County was under D3, or extreme drought conditions. 
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At the beginning of the new water year, much of Mississippi was also under drought conditions as the drought map from 10/4/16 shows.
Drought monitor 10/4/16

2016 Water Year
Map by Megan Spade

Happy Water Year!

The water year goes from October 1st to September 30th. 
Starting the water year on October 1st is useful for places that rely on snow melt for their water supply. It is not as important for Mississippi because our precipitation tends to be distributed pretty evenly year-round. Our 2016 water year map that began last October (2015) shows that much of the state was close to normal with some southern counties being above normal. The water year chart for the Flowood station to the upper left also shows that despite beginning and ending the year in drought, the station finished above average (blue line above the black line).  

September Precipitation
September Precipitation Summary:
For the month of For the month of September, Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 2.02 inches. The area that received the most precipitation was the southern part of the state with rainfall amounts between 1.54 and 7.81 inches. The northern part of the state, particularly the northeastern part of the state, received the last amount of rainfall with amounts between 0 and 2.54 inches. Mississippi experienced some drought in September, according to the drought monitor. In particular, the northern and eastern part of the state were under drought conditions, while the southern counties were drought -free in September, which matches the precipitation values from the reports received. Overall, September was a rainy and wet month for the counties in Mississippi located near the Gulf Coast, while it was a dry month for counties located in the northern part of the state.

Most Monthly Precipitation in September:
The highest amount of monthly precipitation reported in October was 9.28 inches at station MS-HC-5 in Diamondhead, MS. The second highest monthly precipitation received for a station was 7.82 inches at MS-JC-23 in Vancleave, MS. Overall, 26 station received monthly precipitation totals above 4 inches. Overall, the greatest precipitation amounts are in the southern parts of the state with amounts between 1.54 and 7.81 inches. The northern parts of the state had monthly rainfall amounts between 0 and 2.54 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in September:
There were 3138 reports of rainfall in September for Mississippi. MS-SM-5 station in Mize, MS had the highest precipitation amount for one day with 4.56 inches on September 4, 2016. MS-LM-9 station in Hattiesburg, MS had the second highest precipitation amount for one day with 4.11 inches on September 18, 2016. These two stations were the only two stations to receive over 4 inches of rainfall in one day for September.



Map and Summary by Megan Spade

August Precipitation Summary:
For the month of August, Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 7.07 inches in the month of August. The area of the state that received the most precipitation was the southern and southwestern parts of the state with rainfall amounts between 6.99 inches and 28.82 inches. The areas of the state with the least amounts of precipitation for August are the northern and central parts of the state with precipitation amounts between 0.70 inches and 10.18 inches. The northern and eastern parts of the state were experiencing drought conditions in August that are represented in the number of lower precipitation reports in those areas. Meanwhile, the southwestern part of the state received heavy downpours of rain in August that resulted in severe flooding for the counties affected. So, in August, Mississippi suffered from simultaneous drought and flooding on opposite parts of the state that equally negatively affected the state. 

Most Monthly Precipitation in August:
The highest amount of monthly precipitation was at MS-AM-3 in Gloster, MS that reported 28.84 inches of precipitation for August. The second highest amount of monthly precipitation reported was 17.17 inches by MS-HC-8 in Diamondhead, MS. Overall, 27 station had monthly precipitation totals that were over 9 inches. The heaviest precipitation amounts occurred in the southern portion of the state with amounts between 6.99 and 28.82 inches. The northern part of the state had the least amount of precipitation with amounts between 0.70 and 10.18 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in August:
In August, there were 3292 reports of rainfall. The highest amount of one-day precipitation reported for August for a station was 12.86 inches at MS-AM-3 in Amite, MS on August 13, 2016. MS-AM-3 in Amite, MS also reported the second highest one-day precipitation with 9.94 inches reported on August 12, 2016. This station was the only station to receive over 9 inches of rainfall in one day in August.


Map and Summary by Megan Spade
August Precipitation

July Precipitation
July Precipitation Summary:
For the month of July, Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 5.35 inches. The area that received the heaviest precipitation in July was the western part of the state with rainfall totals between 4.57 and 10.83 inches. The eastern part of the state received the lightest amount of rainfall with amounts between 0.44 and 7.57 inches. Mississippi experienced some drought in July in the northern and central counties of the state, which explains the areas of lower precipitation reported. On the other hand, there were also several afternoon showers that occurred throughout July that helped the state gain more localized reports of higher precipitation values. Overall, the precipitation reported in July was varied and random, due to the varied and random weather an climate patterns, which is reflected in the precipitation map.

Most Monthly Precipitation in July:
In July, the highest amount of monthly precipitation was 10.83 inches reported by MS-DS-2 in Southaven, MS. The second highest monthly precipitation received was 10.81 inches and was reported by MS-SF-4 in Doddsville, MS.  Overall, 32 stations reported monthly July rainfall amounts greater than 7 inches. The heaviest precipitation amounts were received mainly in the western part of the state with amounts between 4.57 and 10.83 inches. The lowest precipitation amounts were received in the eastern part of the state with amounts between 0.44 and 7.57 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in July:
In July, there were 3267 reports of rainfall for Mississippi. The highest amount of rainfall reported for one day was 4.67 inches reported by MS-DS-2 in Southaven, MS on July 24, 2016. The second highest amount of rainfall reported for one day was 3.83 inches reported by MS-LM-1 in Hattiesburg, MS on July 16, 2016. These are the only two stations with one-day rainfall totals above 3.5 inches in July.


Map and Summary by Megan Spade

June Precipitation Summary:
For the month of June, Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 4.70 inches. The area that receive the most precipitation in July was the southern part of the state with rainfall amounts between 3.89 and 11.47 inches. The northern part of the state received the least amounts of rainfall with totals between 0.15 and 4.99 inches. The central part of the state received varied rainfall with precipitation totals between 0.15 and 7.75 inches. The northern areas in Mississippi were experiencing a drought in June, which accounts for the low precipitation reports for those areas. The southern areas in the state experienced showers throughout the month due to some favorable weather patterns, which allowed for the higher precipitation values reported in these areas. Overall, in June, Mississippi received high amounts of rain in the southern counties while dealing with a lack of rain and resultant drought in the northern counties.
 
Most Monthly Precipitation in June:
The highest amount of monthly precipitation was 11.48 inches reported by MS-HC-17 in Pearlington, MS. The second highest amount of monthly precipitation was 10.62 inches reported by MS-ST-3 in Wiggins, MS. Overall, 21 stations had monthly total rainfall amounts that were above 7 inches. The heaviest precipitation amounts occurred in the southern counties of the state and ranged from 3.89 and 11.47 inches. The lowest precipitation amounts occurred in the northern part of the state with totals ranging from 0.15 to 7.75 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in June:
In June, there were 3146 reports of rainfall in Mississippi. The station with the highest one-day precipitation totals for June was MS-FK-3 in Bude, MS with 4.5 inches of reported rainfall on June 12, 2016. The station with the second highest one-day precipitation totals for June was MS-HR-15 in Pass Christian, MS with 4.18 inches reported on June 27, 2016. These two stations were the only two stations to receive over 4.15 inches of rainfall in June on one day.


Map and Summary by Megan Spade
June Precipitation

May Precipitation
May Precipitation Summary:
For the month of May, Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 3.21 inches. The areas that received the most precipitation were the northwestern part of the state and the southeastern part of the state, which both received rainfall totals ranging from 2.74 inches to 9.07 inches. The central part of the state and the northeaster and southwestern parts of the state received the least precipitation amounts in May, with totals ranging from 0.46 to 3.54 inches. The central counties in Mississippi were experiencing a drought for the second half of the month of May due to a lack of precipitation, which is reflected in the values reported in these areas. The other areas of the state received rainfall resulting from favorable weather patterns that positively affected these regions in particular. Overall, May was a dry month for many of the central counties in the state, while the northwestern and southeastern counties received an abundance of rainfall during this month.

Most Monthly Precipitation in May:
The highest amount of monthly precipitation reported in May was 9.15 inches and was reported by MS-HR-36 in Gulfport, MS. The second highest amount of monthly precipitation reported was 8.19 inches and was reported by MS-NW-7 in Union, MS. Overall, 21 stations received monthly rainfall amounts above 5 inches. The heaviest precipitation amounts were located in the northwestern and southeastern portions of the state with totals ranging from 2.74 to 9.07 inches. The lightest precipitation amounts were located in the central portion of the state with totals ranging from 0.46 to 3.54 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in May:
In May, there were 3271 reports of rainfall in Mississippi. The station with the highest precipitation reported for one day was MS-HR-36 in Gulfport, MS with 5.06 inches on May 18, 2016. The station with the second highest precipitation reported for one day was MS-HR-15 in Pass Christian, MS with 4.19 inches on May 18, 2016. These are the only two stations to receive one-day precipitation values over 4.15 inches in May.  

Map and Summary by Megan Spade

April Precipitation Summary:
For the month of April, Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 7.41 inches. The areas that received the most rainfall in April were the southern part of the state and the western-central part of the state with totals ranging from 6.00 to 14.63 inches. The areas that received the least precipitation were the northern, southwestern and eastern-central parts of the state with totals ranging from 1.68 to 8.79 inches. There were several favorable weather patterns and troughs in place during the month of April that helped to bring rainfall to Mississippi. Rain fell steadily across the state, with pockets of the state receiving more rainfall than others. Overall, April was a wet and abundant month for the entire state regarding rainfall.

Most Monthly Precipitation in April:
The highest amount of monthly precipitation reported in April was 14.75 inches at MS-JC-8 in Ocean Springs, MS. The second highest amount of monthly precipitation reported was 14.14 inches at MS-HR-36 in Gulfport, MS. Overall, 16 stations received over 11 inches of rainfall in April. The heaviest precipitation fell in the western-central portion of the state and in the southern portion of the state with amounts ranging from 6 to 14.63 inches. The least precipitation fell in the southwestern, central-eastern, and northern parts of the state with totals ranging from 1.68 to 8.79 inches. 

Most 24-hour Precipitation in April:
In April, there were 3278 reports of rainfall in Mississippi. The highest reported rainfall for one day was 9.48 inches at MS-HR-36 in Gulfport, MS on April 28, 2016. The second highest reported rainfall for one day was 6.71 inches at MS-JC-8 in Ocean Springs, MS on April 29, 2016. These two stations were the only two stations with one-day rainfall amounts totaling over 6.70 inches in April.


Map and Summary by Megan Spade
April Precipitation


march 2016

Map and Summary by Melinda Pullman

March Precipitation Summary:
For the month of March, the state of Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 9.93 inches.   The area that received the heaviest precipitation was the northwest portion of the state with precipitation amounts of 10.99 to 20.85 inches.  The southwestern part of the state received significant rainfall as well, however the western and southeastern part of Mississippi received the least ranging from 1.10 to 10.98 inches.  On March 8-13th, northwestern Mississippi experienced torrential downpours that resulted from a series of upper level disturbances that stalled just west of the region on Monday, March 7th.  This continuous rainfall that occurred from Tuesday, March 8th through Saturday, March 12th resulted in widespread flash flooding and river flooding across the area.  On March 10th, The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) received storm reports from 13 counties due to the heavy rainfall across the Mississippi Delta.  According to the National Weather Service, some of these counties have received up to 6 to 8 inches of rain over a period of 24 hours.  The floodwaters damaged numerous cities and closed many roads across the region during March 8th through March 12th.  Many stations reported the abundance of precipitation for these days.  On March 10th, MS-CH-3 in Clarksdale, Mississippi reported 6.86 inches of rain.  This station reported that the cumulative total from March 9th and the morning of March 10th was 10.02 inches.  Then on March 11th, MS-HD-25 in Raymond reported a station-record precipitation amount of 4.94 inches. 

Most Monthly Precipitation in March:

The greatest amount of monthly precipitation in March (15 inches) was reported by MS-WS-5 in Greenville, Mississippi. The next highest monthly total (19.65 inches) was reported by MS-GD-9 in Grenada. Overall, 9 stations reported more than 15 inches and 59 stations reported more than 10 inches of rainfall for the month of March. The heaviest precipitation amounts were in northwestern Mississippi, with amounts on the order of 14.28 to 20.85 inches. The rest of the state had precipitation amounts that ranged between 1.10 and 14.27 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in March:
In March, there were 3570 reports of measurable rainfall. The most rainfall reported in one day was 9.35 inches on March 11th, as reported by MS-LM-2 in Hattiesburg. The next highest reading was 9.17 inches, which was also on March 11th, as reported by MS-LM-1 in Hattiesburg.  These two stations and MS-JD-1 in Bassfield, Mississippi were the only stations to receive over 9 inches of rainfall in one day for the month of March.


March News


Our Office of the Mississippi State Climatologist now has a facebook page. They also post cool maps and local climate information.  Check them out:  http://www.facebook.com/MississippiClimateOffice/


February Precipitation Summary:
For the month of February, the state of Mississippi received an average rainfall of 5.86 inches.   The area that received the heaviest precipitation was the central portion of the state with precipitation amounts of 7.00 to 13.46 inches.  The southeastern portion of the state received the least amount of rainfall with precipitation totals ranging from 0.53 to 6.99 inches.   During the beginning of the month of February, the state of Mississippi was not classified under drought conditions by the United States Drought Monitor.  Instead, February consisted of a roller coaster ride of temperatures along with several frontal passages that created numerous severe storms.  For instance, on February 1st, MS-Tl-1 reported that Tallahatchie County was experiencing temperatures 30 degrees above normal, and MS-LW-2 reported temperatures in the low 70's on February 2nd.  Then on February 3rd, severe weather occurred over much of the northern half of the state.  MS-LW-2 reported severe weather that consisted of thunder, lightning, and tornadoes in the area, and MS-NS-8 in Philadelphia, MS also reported tornadoes and heavy rain in the region.  After the severe weather, temperatures warmed up again as reported by MS-HD-25 in Raymond, MS on February 12th.  Then, on February 16th, coastal Mississippi received severe thunderstorms that produced hail.  MS-HC-9 in Kiln reported quarter-sized hail and MS-HC-5 in Diamondhead reported mostly dime-sized and penny-sized hail that caused minor damage.   

Most Monthly Precipitation in February:
The greatest amount of monthly precipitation in February (13.46 inches) was reported by MS-SP-1 in New Hebron, Mississippi. The next highest monthly total (10.77 inches) was reported by MS-NS-2 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. A total of 8 stations reported more than 9 inches of rainfall for the month of February. The heaviest precipitation amounts were in south central Mississippi, with amounts on the order of 7.00 to 13.46 inches. The rest of the state had precipitation amounts that ranged between 0.53 and 6.99 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in February:
In February, there were 3164 reports of measurable rainfall. The most rainfall reported in one day was 7.73 inches on February 3rd, as reported by MS-SP-1 in New Hebron, Mississippi. The next highest reading was 7.14 inches, which was on February 3rd, as reported by MS-RN-40 in Pearl, Mississippi.  Two other stations, MS-FK-3 and MS-NS-2, were the only other stations to receive over 5 inches of rainfall in one day for the month of February.


feb 2016
Map and Summary by Melinda Pullman


jan 2016
Map and Summary by Melinda Pullman
January Precipitation Summary:
For the month of January, the state of Mississippi received an average rainfall of 3.99 inches.   The area that received the heaviest precipitation was the southeastern portion of the state with precipitation amounts of 4.08 to 9.16 inches.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Mississippi started out its year without any drought classifications in the state.  This is a result from the surplus of precipitation that occurred during December 2015.  Around January 22nd and January 23rd, parts of northern Mississippi did receive traces of snow as an arctic front propagated through the state.  On January 22nd, MS-NS-8 reported marble sized hail and sleet during the observation time.  On January 23rd, MS-CH-3 in Clarksdale reported a few areas of sleet remaining on the ground and rooftops, and a trace of snow fell on January 22nd with no accumulation.  MS-RN-42 in Flowood observed a trace of snow falling in the late morning and afternoon that did not accumulate.  Also, MS-OK-26 in Starkville reported mixed precipitation as light sleet and rain fell early in the morning with a transition to light and moderate snow then back to light rain throughout the day.  Similar to the other stations, MS-OK-26 reported no accumulation for January 23rd since surface temperatures stayed well above freezing until the evening. 

Most Monthly Precipitation in January:
The greatest amount of monthly precipitation in January (10.06 inches) was reported by MS-HC-7 in Diamondhead, Mississippi. The next highest monthly total (8.25 inches) was reported by MS-GD-9 in Grenada, Mississippi. A total of 18 stations reported more than 5 inches of rainfall for the month of January. The heaviest precipitation amounts were in southeastern Mississippi, with amounts on the order of 4.08 to 9.16 inches. The rest of the state had precipitation amounts that ranged between 0.25 and 4.07 inches.

Most 24-hour Precipitation in January:
In January, there were 3378 reports of measurable rainfall. The most rainfall reported in one day was 3.21 inches on January 22nd, as reported by MS-SP-1 in New Hebron, Mississippi. The next highest reading was 2.80 inches, which was on January 22nd, as reported by MS-CY-1 in West Point, Mississippi.  MS-SP-1 was the only station to receive over 3 inches of rainfall in one day for the month of January.





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MISSISSIPPI CoCoRaHS



-State Coordinator (2008-2016)-

Kathy Sherman-Morris -- kms5@geosci.msstate.edu

 

 

-State Co-Coordinator-

 

Marty Pope -- marty.pope@noaa.gov

 

 

-Northern Mississippi Regional Coordinators-

Marlene Mickelson -- Marlene.mickleson@noaa.gov

 


 

-Central Mississippi Regional Coordinators-

Marty Pope -- marty.pope@noaa.gov

 

Joanne Culin -- joanne.culin@noaa.gov

 

 

-Southwest Mississippi Regional Coordinators-

Shawn O'Neil -- shawn.oneil@noaa.gov


 

-Southeast Mississippi Regional Coordinators-

Jack Cullen -- jack.cullen@noaa.gov

 

-Newsletter Editor-

Kathy Sherman-Morris -- kms5@geosci.msstate.edu


Newsletter contributors include:

Kathy Sherman-Morris, Melinda Pullman, and Megan Spade