HED:Finally the rains come

AUTHOR: EILEEN

HED:Finally the rains come

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

It was over shortly after it began Tuesday, but Northeast Mississippi residents saw rain for the first time since May 7.

About a quarter-inch of rain was recorded by 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Regional Airport.

Other areas could have experienced rain in amounts of one to five inches in spots, said Mark Frazier, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis.

“A thunderstorm could produce one to five inches of rain in one area and couple of miles away only a tenth of an inch,” Frazier said.

The upper level disturbance started late Monday night in Arkansas and moved through Tennessee and Mississippi Tuesday. There was about a 40 percent chance of rain for Tuesday night and a slight possibility of rain this morning, Frazier said.

The meteorologist wasn’t sure if the rain was enough to help farmers, who had been depending on rain to germinate their cotton and soybean seeds.

Farmers needed to have cotton seeds in the ground last week to stay on schedule for harvesting in the fall. Soybean farmers have until mid-June to get their seeds in the ground.

The showers on Tuesday brought Tupelo’s official rainfall total to .71 inch. That figure is well below the normal rainfall of 5.7 inches for the month of May.

Residents shouldn’t expect more rain for at least the next six days, Frazier said.

When the front moved into the area temperatures dropped, he said. Temperatures were in the mid-80s at about 11 a.m. With the cloud cover created by the front, they dropped about 10 degrees.

High temperatures were expected to rebound back into the low- to mid-90s for the remainder of the week.