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jan 2018


January Precipitation Summary:


The monthly average rainfall in January in Mississippi was 3.9 inches. The southern parts of the state saw the higher precipitation totals, with amounts ranging from 4.07 inches to 6.97 inches. The central parts of the state and the northern portions of the state received lower amounts of precipitation, with totals ranging from 1.39 inches to 4.06 inches. Mississippi struggled with drought conditions throughout January, particularly in the central parts of the state. These drought problems are likely a result of the smaller amounts of rain that were received in these locations in January.


Most Monthly Precipitation in January:


The station that received the most precipitation in January for Mississippi was MS-HC-9 in Kiln with 7 inches reported. The station that received the second highest precipitation in January for Mississippi was MS-PK-4 in McComb with 6.96 inches reported. Overall, 12 stations reported receiving over 6 inches of rainfall in Mississippi in January. The heaviest precipitation fell in the southern parts of the state, with amounts ranging from 4.07 inches to 6.97 inches. The lightest precipitation fell in the central and northern parts of the state, with amounts ranging from 1.39 inches to 4.06 inches.


Most 24-hour Precipitation in January:


There were 3026 reports of rainfall in January for Mississippi. The station that received the highest one-day precipitation total was MS-FR-4 in Hattiesburg with 4.87 inches reported on January 28, 2018. The station that received the second highest one-day precipitation total was MS-LM-9 in Hattiesburg with 4.73 inches reported on January 28, 2018. These were the only two stations to report over 4.5 inches of rainfall for one day in January.



Map and Summary by Megan Spade Williams


December Precipitation Summary:


The monthly average rainfall in December in Mississippi was 5.06 inches. The southern and northern parts of the state saw higher precipitation totals, with amounts ranging from 5.33 inches to 8.91 inches. The central parts of the state received lower precipitation totals, with amounts ranging from 1.4 inches to 5.32 inches. Mississippi experienced drought conditions in December, especially in the central parts of the state. This lack of precipitation in this area contributed to maintaining drought conditions in the central parts of the state.


Most Monthly Precipitation in December:


The station that received the most rainfall in December was MS-PR-12 in Carriere, which reported a monthly total precipitation amount of 8.95 inches. The station that received the second highest rainfall for December was MS-DS-2 in Southaven with 8.74 inches reported. Overall, 14 stations reported receiving over 7 inches of rainfall for the month of December. The heaviest precipitation fell in the northern and southern areas of the state, where rainfall amounts ranged from 5.33 inches to 8.91 inches. The lightest precipitation fell in the central areas of the state, where rainfall amounts ranged from 1.4 inches to 5.32 inches.


Most 24-hour Precipitation in December:


There were 3022 reports of rainfall in Mississippi in December. The station with the highest one-day precipitation total was MS-ST-5 in Wiggins with 6.20 inches reported on December 6, 2017. The station that reported the second highest one-day precipitation total was MS-DS-2 in Southaven with 4.93 inches reported on December 23, 2017. There were the only two stations that received more than 4.9 inches of rainfall in one day in Mississippi in December.



Map and Summary by Megan Spade Williams

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nov 2017


November Precipitation Summary:


Mississippi received an average monthly precipitation of 1.14 inches in November. The northern parts of the state received the most precipitation with amounts ranging from 1.05 inches to 2.35 inches. The southern parts of the state received the least precipitation with amounts ranging from 0.09 inches to 1.31 inches. Mississippi experienced drought conditions in November that worsened as the month progressed. These conditions are likely a result of the low precipitation amounts received across the state in November.


Most Monthly Precipitation in November:


The station that received the most precipitation for the month of November in Mississippi was MS-PT-1 in Pontotoc with 2.36 inches reported. The station that received the second highest precipitation total for the month of November was MS-MN-6 in Aberdeen with 2.34 inches reported. The northern parts of the state received the heaviest precipitation with amounts ranging from 1.05 inches to 2.35 inches. The southern parts of the state received the lightest precipitation with amounts ranging from 0.09 inches to 1.31 inches.


Most 24-hour Precipitation in November:


There were 2952 reports of precipitation in Mississippi for the month of November. The station with the highest one day reported precipitation for November was MS-WS-5 in Greenville with 3.73 inches reported on November 4, 2017. The station with the second highest one day reported precipitation for November was MS-GD-10 in Grenada with 1.48 inches reported on November 4, 2017. These were the only two stations that reported a one-day precipitation total higher than 1.4 inches for the month of November.




Map and Summary by Megan Spade Williams


October Precipitation Summary:


Mississippi received a monthly average precipitation amount of 4.15 inches in October. The southern parts of the state received the most precipitation with amounts ranging from 3.79 inches to 18.89 inches. The northern and central parts of the state received the least precipitation with amounts ranging from 0.26 inches to 5.97 inches. Mississippi experienced drought conditions during the month of October. These conditions worsened throughout the month, which likely coincide with some of the lower precipitation amounts in the state.


Most Monthly Precipitation in October:


The station that reported the most precipitation for the month of October was MS-JC-2 in Ocean Springs with 18.93 inches. The station that reported the second highest precipitation total for the month of October was MS-HR-12 in Long Beach with 16.87 inches. The heaviest rainfall fell in the southern parts of the state with amounts ranging from 3.79 inches to 18.89 inches. The lightest rainfall occurred in the northern and central parts of the state with amounts ranging from 0.26 inches to 5.97 inches.


Most 24-hour Precipitation in October:


There were 3169 reports of precipitation for the month of October in Mississippi. The station that received the highest one-day precipitation total for the month of October was MS-HR-27 in Long Beach with 10.36 inches reported on October 23, 2017. The station that received the second highest one-day precipitation total for the month of October was MS-HR-12 in Long Beach with 10.04 inches reported on October 23, 2017. These are the only two stations that received over 10 inches of rainfall for one day in October.




Map and Summary by Megan Spade Williams

oct 2017
september 2017


September Precipitation Summary:


Mississippi received a total monthly average precipitation of 2.3 inches in September. The northern parts of the state received the most precipitation, with rainfall amounts ranging from 2.71 inches to 8.45 inches. The southern parts of the state received the least rainfall, with rainfall amounts ranging from 0.25 inches to 4.46 inches. Mississippi saw abnormally dry conditions throughout September, which contributed to the lower amounts of rainfall.


Most Monthly Precipitation in September:


The station that received the highest monthly precipitation total for September in Mississippi was MS-DS-2 in Southaven with 8.45 inches reported. The station that received the second highest monthly precipitation for September in Mississippi was MS-TT-1 in Senatobia with 6.50 inches reported.  The most rainfall fell in the northern parts of the state, ranging in amount from 2.71 inches to 8.45 inches. The lightest precipitation fell in the southern parts of the state, with amounts ranging from 0.25 inches to 4.46 inches.


Most 24-hour Precipitation in September:


There were 3030 reports of rainfall in Mississippi in September. The station that reported the highest one-day rainfall total in September was MS-DS-2 in Southaven with 5.88 inches received on September 1, 2017. The station that reported the second highest one-day rainfall total in September was MS-TT-1 in Senatobia with 4.56 inches received on September 1, 2017. These were the only two stations to receive over 4.5 inches of rainfall for one day in September.






Map and Summary by Megan Spade


August Precipitation Summary:


Mississippi received a total monthly average precipitation of 8.10 inches in August. The southern and north-central parts of the state received the heaviest precipitation, with totals ranging from 6.81 inches to 17.37 inches. The south-central and northern parts of the state received the least precipitation, with totals ranging from 1.04 inches to 8.27 inches. Mississippi saw the absence of drought this month and the addition of rain from several systems off the coast of the state. These systems enhanced the rainfall totals in several parts of the state.


Most Monthly Precipitation in August:


The station that received the highest monthly precipitation total for August in Mississippi was MS-HR-19 in Pass Christian with 17.75 inches reported. The station that received the second highest monthly precipitation total for August in Mississippi was MS-JC-22 in Gautier with 16.82 inches reported. The most rainfall fell in the southern and north-central parts of the state with amounts ranging from 6.81 inches to 17.37 inches. The least rainfall fell in the south-central and northern parts of the state with amounts ranging from 1.04 inches to 8.27 inches.


Most 24-hour Precipitation in August:


There were 3269 reports of rainfall for the month of August in Mississippi. The station that received the highest one-day precipitation for August was MS-JC-15 in Ocean Springs with 6.30 inches reported on August 4, 2017. The station that received the second highest one-day precipitation for August was MS-JC-22 in Gautier with 6.10 inches reported on August 30, 2017. These were the only two stations to receive over 6 inches of precipitation for one day in August.




Map and Summary by Megan Spade

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july 2017


July Precipitation Summary:


Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 5.50 inches in July. The southern parts of the state received the most rainfall with amounts ranging from 5.28 inches to 15.32 inches. The northern parts of the state received the least rainfall with amounts ranging from 0.84 inches to 8.39 inches. Mississippi saw an absence of drought this month, with some areas in the northern parts of the state experiencing abnormally dry conditions for the month of July. These abnormally dry conditions in these areas are emphasized by the reported precipitation totals.


Most Monthly Precipitation in July:


The station with the highest monthly total precipitation was MS-JC-12 in Ocean Springs with 15.61 inches reported. The station with the second highest monthly total precipitation was MS-FK-3 in Bude with 12.77 inches reported. Overall, 19 stations reported over 9 inches of rainfall for the month of July. The heaviest precipitation fell in the southern parts of the state with amounts ranging from 5.28 inches to 15.32 inches. The lightest precipitation fell in the northern parts of the state with amounts ranging from 0.84 inches to 8.39 inches.


Most 24-hour Precipitation in July:


Overall, there were 3425 reports of precipitation for the month of July in Mississippi. The station with the highest one-day precipitation in July was MS-JC-12 in Ocean Springs with 5.82 inches reported on July 25, 2017. The station with the second highest one-day precipitation in July was MS-ST-3 in Wiggins with 5.41 inches reported on July 25, 2017. These were the only 2 stations to report over 5 inches of rainfall for one day in July.





Map and Summary by Megan Spade


June Precipitation Summary:


Mississippi received a total monthly average rainfall of 11.67 inches. The southern parts of the state received the most precipitation, with rainfall amounts ranging from 7.32 inches to 35.17 inches. The northern parts of the state received the least amounts of rainfall, with totals ranging from 3.73 inches to 13.6 inches. There was a tropical storm that made landfall in the southeastern United States in the month of June that produced large amounts of rainfall for the state of Mississippi. This storm helped to enhance the rainfall totals for the month.


Most Monthly Precipitation in June:


The station that received the most amount of precipitation for the month of June was MS-JC-12 in Ocean Springs with 35.53 inches reported. The station that received the second highest rainfall amount for the month of June was MS-JC-2 in Ocean Springs with 32.7 inches reported. Overall, 21 stations reported over 17 inches of rainfall for the month of June. The heaviest precipitation fell in the southern half of the state with rainfall amounts ranging from 7.32 inches to 35.17 inches. The lightest precipitation fell in the northern half of the state with rainfall totals ranging from 3.73 inches to 13.6 inches.


Most 24-hour Precipitation in June:


Overall, there were 3307 reports of rainfall in Mississippi in June. The station that received the highest one-day rainfall total in June was MS-HR-13 in Gulfport with 10.2 inches reported on June 21, 2017. The station that received the second highest one-day rainfall total in June was MS-JC-12 in Ocean Springs with 9.14 inches reported on June 23, 2017. These two stations were the only stations to receive over 9 inches of rainfall in one day in June.

 



Map and Summary by Megan Spade

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may
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May Precipitation Summary:


May received a total monthly average rainfall of 7.70 inches. The southern parts of the state received the most precipitation, with rainfall amounts ranging from 6.52 inches to 13.58 inches. The northern parts of the state received the least amount of rainfall, with amounts ranging from 2.65 inches to 9.13 inches. Mississippi experienced some drought conditions throughout May that changed little as the month progressed. It improved slightly each week of May, with the help of precipitation. Overall, the drought conditions were aided and mitigated by the precipitation that fell throughout the month.


Most Monthly Precipitation in May:


The station that received the most precipitation for the month of May was MS-FR-4 in Hattiesburg with 13.8 inches reported. The station that received the second most precipitation for the month of May was MS-HC-18 in Waveland with 12.96 inches reported. Overall, 21 stations reported over 10 inches of rainfall for the month of May. The heaviest precipitation fell in the southern parts of the state with rainfall amounts ranging from 6.52 inches to 13.58 inches. The lightest precipitation fell in the northern parts of the state with rainfall amounts ranging from 2.65 inches to 9.13 inches.


Most 24-hour Precipitation in May:


There were 3491 report of precipitation in May in Mississippi. The station that reported the highest one-day precipitation total was MS-FR-4 in Hattiesburg with 5.80 inches reported on May 1, 2017. The station that reported the second highest one-day total precipitation was MS-FR-1 in Hattiesburg with 5.75 inches reported on May 1, 2017. These were the only two stations to report over 5 inches of precipitation for one day in May.


 

Map and Summary by Megan Spade


 

 

April Precipitation Summary:


April received a total monthly average rainfall of 5.54 inches. The central parts of the state received the most precipitation, with rainfall amounts ranging from 4.45 inches to 10.96 inches. The southern parts of the state received the least amounts of precipitation, with totals ranging from 0.02 inches to 5.38 inches. Mississippi experienced drought conditions throughout the month of April that did not change much as the month progressed. The higher amounts of rainfall in the center of the state helped to prevent the drought from worsening. So, overall, Mississippi saw drought conditions throughout April that were mitigated by rainfall throughout the month.


Most Monthly Precipitation in April:


The station that received the most rainfall for the month of April was MS-MD-7 in Madison with 11.37 inches of precipitation reported. The station that received the second most amount of rainfall during April was MS-RN-40 in Pearl with 11.08 inches of rainfall reported. Overall, 17 stations reported over 9 inches of rainfall for the month of April. The heaviest precipitation fell in the central parts of the state with amounts ranging from 4.45 inches to 10.96 inches. The lightest precipitation fell in the southern parts of the state with rainfall amounts ranging from 0.02 inches to 4.01 inches.  


Most 24-hour Precipitation in April:


There were 3349 reports of precipitation in April in Mississippi. The station that reported the highest one-day precipitation total was MS-WR-1 in Vicksburg with 9.82 inches reported on April 3, 2017. The station that reported the second highest one-day precipitation total was MS-WR-2 in Vicksburg with 8.85 inches reported on April 3, 2017. These stations were the only stations to report over 8.75 inches of rainfall on one-day in April.

 


Map and Summary by Megan Spade
april 2017
march 2017
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 t