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February rain totals ahead of average

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

Tupelo’s rain totals have surpassed the norms for the month within the first 14 days of February.

As of Tuesday, 2.76 inches of rain had fallen in Tupelo, up from 1.14 inches from the same time period last year. The total rainfall for the month of February, which is historically the start of the area’s primary severe weather season, was 3.67 inches in 2000.

The current total is one-half inch above the normal rainfall for the same time period.

“We have been in the path of the storm tracks this year,” said Jason Elliott, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis. “Last year, we were going through a drought.”

Heavy rains caused the National Weather Service in Memphis to issue a flood warning for the Tombigbee River near Bigbee community in Monroe County on Tuesday.

The warning was canceled Wednesday morning after the river failed to crest above flood stage, Elliott said.

Many of the rivers and creeks in Northeast Mississippi are at higher levels because of recent rains, he said.

The first two months of the year have seen more rain than normal, Elliott said.

The rain total for January in Tupelo was 5.77 inches, up .88 inches from the 4.89-inch normal precipitation.

The first two months of this year combined with the last two months of 2000 have Northeast Mississippi residents seeing more rain than they had in many months. This past November was the first month since April that brought above-average amounts of precipitation. The month’s 9.39 inches of rain was just over double the norm.

December was three-quarters of an inch below the month’s normal rainfall with 5.43 inches, making it the third-wettest month of the year.