TUPELO – Northeast Mississippi has entered its third week as a hostage – to rain.
A constant rainfall for most of September has emptied parks, slowed traffic and made lawns grow uncontrollably.
So far this month, 9.14 inches of rain has fallen at the Tupelo Regional Airport, according the National Weather Service on Wednesday. That’s nearly seven inches more than the normal yearly amount of 2.17.
Meteorologist Phil Baker said September is normally one of the driest months of the year. Even though September does see some rainfall, he said, it usually passes in a day or less.
This year, however, the rain has come – and stayed.
Rain has fallen in Tupelo every day since Sept. 9 – a string of 15 days. Tupelo recorded no rain for the first eight days of the month.
In the past seven days, Prentiss County has seen more than 10 inches of rain in some areas. Lee County has seen between 5 and 6 inches during that span.
The northern part of the county has received the bulk of the rainfall, according to Baker.
“It’s very odd for Mississippi to get stuck in this type of weather system for as long as its been going on for September,” said Baker. “Just large amounts of rain has bombarded the area, but the good news is that we do see a break in it, but the bad news is that it won’t come for a few days.”
Baker said the steady rain is expected to continue through Saturday morning. He said Saturday afternoon should be sunny and Sunday should be rain-free. The wet weather will return early next week, he said, but is not expected to linger for long.
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