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Mississippi Drought: Central Part of the State Behind on Rainfall for the Summer

JACKSON, Miss.–It seems like there was rain almost every other day in the winter and spring of 2015. But, when the summer hit, the water works got turned off and that has left the central part of the state, at least, well behind on rainfall.

A lot of that has to do with the way the atmosphere has worked,” said Alan Campbell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “A very stubborn and strong ridge of high pressure essentially just parking itself across the area, just making it tough to get those afternoon storms.”

Campbell said that some places have had the storms, but there has not been enough rainfall to put the central part of the state where it should be.

“Just looking back at July, we ended up at 1.49 inches when our normal for the month is 4.81 inches.”

He said for August, in Jackson, there has been only two tenths of an inch of rain.

“That, with the heat, just seems to amplify those drought-like conditions”.

He said rain chances for the latter half of the weekend and the first part of the week show promise to bring some rain to parts of the state that really need it.

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