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From Extremely Dry to Very Wet, Mississippi Cities See Near-Record Rainfall After Storms

VICKSBURG, Miss.–Going from very dry to very wet in a matter of just over a week, some Mississippi cities saw enough rainfall this weekend to get to near-record levels for October. But, officially, the drought is not over.

That is to be determined by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

After last weekend’s rainfall, Gov. Bryant canceled a state-wide burn ban that had been in effect. As on Monday morning, 27 counties were still under individual burn bans, with amny of those set to expire soon.

“This is the second weekend in a row and rainfall totals look a little bit less, but very similar in pattern as what we had last weekend,” said Mike Edmunston, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

MIKE EDMUNSTON

He said the heaviest rain in the Jackson National Weather Service office area was in southwest Mississippi, with around four inches.

For October, Vicksburg got over 10 inches, making it their third wettest October on record.

Hattiesburg had nearly six and a half inches for the month, making it their eighth wettest on record, said Tweets from the Weather Service.

For Jackson, it was the 14th wettest October.

Edmunston said most of the rain will be gone by late afternoon Monday, with a drier week ahead.

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