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March Precipitation

Map and Summary by Melinda Pullman

March 2016 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.


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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.


February precipitation
Map and Summary by Melinda Pullman


January
                  precipitation
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.


5-Year Club

The 5-year club includes observers who have reported for at least 5 years.
Our 2016 5-year club members are MS-JC-22 and MS-GG-2, who joined in January 2011, and MS-RN-33, who joined in March, 2011.

March Perfect Attendance

During the  month of
March , we had 57 stations report precipitation every day.  These stations were: MS-AM-1, MS-AM-2, MS-AM-3, MS-AM-4, MS-CP-3, MS-CR-1, MS-CY-1, MS-DS-2, MS-FR-4, MS-FR-9, MS-GD-3, MS-GD-6, MS-GD-9, MS-GG-2, MS-HC-13, MS-HC-18, MS-HC-5, MS-HC-9, MS-HD-18, MS-HD-25, MS-HR-12, MS-HR-19, MS-HR-34, MS-HR-7, MS-JC-12, MS-JC-2, MS-JC-8, MS-KM-4, MS-LD-13, MS-LD-6, MS-LD-8, MS-LD-9, MS-MD-10, MS-MD-8, MS-MN-6, MS-NS-2, MS-NW-5, MS-OK-6, MS-PK-2, MS-PN-1, MS-PR-1, MS-PR-4, MS-PR-8, MS-RN-2, MS-RN-28, MS-RN-29, MS-RN-40, MS-SF-1, MS-SM-4, MS-SM-6, MS-SP-1, MS-TT-1, MS-WN-2, MS-WR-2, MS-WR-7, MS-WR-8, and MS-YL-2

Additionally, the following stations have perfect attendance for March when including multi-day reports: MS-FR-1, MS-LY-4, MS-MN-5, MS-OK-4, MS-OK-21, MS-OK-26, MS-RN-1, MS-RN-3, MS-RN-40

February Perfect Attendance

During the  month of
February, we had 64 stations report precipitation every day.  These stations were: MS-AM-1, MS-AM-2, MS-AM-3, MS-AM-4, MS-CH-3, MS-CP-3, MS-CY-1, MS-FK-2, MS-FR-4, MS-FR-9, MS-GD-3, MS-GD-6, MS-GG-2, MS-HC-13, MS-HC-18, MS-HC-5, MS-HD-25, MS-HR-19, MS-HR-34, MS-HR-7, MS-JC-12, MS-JC-2, MS-JC-22, MS-JC-8, MS-KM-1, MS-KM-2, MS-LD-13, MS-LD-6, MS-LD-8, MS-LD-9, MS-LM-2, MS-LY-4, MS-LY-8, MS-MD-7, MS-NS-4, MS-NS-8, MS-NW-5, MS-OK-21, MS-OK-26, MS-OK-4, MS-OK-6, MS-PK-2, MS-PN-1, MS-PR-1, MS-PR-4, MS-PR-8, MS-RN-1, MS-RN-2, MS-RN-28, MS-RN-29, MS-RN-3, MS-RN-40, MS-RN-7, MS-SM-4, MS-SM-6, MS-ST-5, MS-TL-1, MS-TT-1, MS-WN-2, MS-WR-2, MS-WR-7, MS-WR-8, MS-WY-2, and MS-YL-2
 

Additionally, the following stations have perfect attendance for February when including multi-day reports:
MS-MD-8, MS-MN-5, MS-NS-2, MS-PR-9, MS-SP-1, MS-SF-1, and MS-WS-1




January Perfect Attendance

During the month of January, we had 71 stations report precipitation every day.  These stations were:
MS-AD-8, MS-AM-1, MS-AM-2. MS-AM-3, MS-AM-4, MS-AT-5, MS-BV-2, MS-CH-3, MS-CP-3, MS-CR-1, MS-CY-1, MS-FR-4, MS-GD-9, MS-GG-2, MS-HC-13, MS-HC-2, MS-HC-5, MS-HC-9, MS-HD-14, MS-HR-12, MS-HR-15, MS-HR-19, MS-HR-7, MS-HR-34, MS-JC-12, MS-JC-2, MS-JC-8, MS-KM-1, MS-LD-1, MS-LD-13, MS-LD-6, MS-LD-8, MS-LD-9, MS-LW-2, MS-LW-5, MS-LY-8, MS-MD-1, MS-MD-7, MS-MD-8, MS-MN-5, MS-MN-6, MS-MS-2, MS-NS-2, MS-NS-8, MS-OK-17, MS-OK-6, MS-PK-2, MS-PN-1, MS-PR-8, MS-RN-1, MS-RN-2, MS-RN-28, MS-RN-29, MS-RN-3, MS-RN-33, MS-RN-42, MS-RN-7, MS-SF-1, MS-SP-2, MS-ST-5, MS-TL-1, MS-TT-1, MS-UN-1, MS-WN-2, MS-WR-1, MS-WR-2, MS-WR-3, MS-WR-7, MS-WR-8, MS-WS-1, and MS-YL-2
 

Additionally, the following stations have perfect attendance for January when including multi-day reports:
MS-CT-2, MS-CP-3, MS-HD-14, MS-LY-4, MS-MD-20, MS-MS-4, MS-MN-5, MS-NS-4, MS-OK-26, MS-RN-29, MS-SF-1, and MS-WR-2


Thanks to all of our observers for your consistent reporting!



Report those 0's...

Also, a reminder that we value your reports of no rain along with your reports of rain.  If you do not feel like reporting every day when there is no measurable precipitation, you can keep track of these days and report them all at once with the "Monthly Zeros" form under "Enter My New Reports."


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Social Media

The facebook page recommended by the National Headquarters is: http://www.facebook.com/CoCoRaHS


You can also follow them on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cocorahs


Also, one of our observers maintains a facebook group for other MS CoCoRaHS observers.  If anyone is interested, you can check it out at the following site: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_126001494144878&ap=1




MISSISSIPPI CoCoRaHS

 


-State Coordinator-

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

 

 

-State Co-Coordinator-

 

Marty Pope -- marty.pope@noaa.gov

 

 

-Northern Mississippi Regional Coordinators-

Zwemer Ingram -- zwemer.ingram@noaa.gov

 


 

-Central Mississippi Regional Coordinators-

Marty Pope -- marty.pope@noaa.gov

 

Joanne Culin -- joanne.culin@noaa.gov

 

 

-Southwest Mississippi Regional Coordinators-

Robert Ricks -- robert.ricks@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 and Melinda Pullman