A note on climate: year-to-date precipitation

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After running behind in the precipitation category for much of the year, this month’s rains have caught the area back up to normal. As of this afternoon, Memphis Int’l Airport is now about a qurater-inch above normal for precipitation year-to-date with a total of 21.79″. For the month of May, however, you will not be surprised to know that we are WAY above normal, with 5.71″ in the past 9 days, which is 4″+ above normal. Our average rain for the ENTIRE month is 4.98″, so we have exceeded our monthly total barely a third of the way into the month! Unfortunately, the MWN forecast is calling for more of the same, with chances well into next week.

On a separate note, the official low temperature in Memphis for Friday, May 8, was 74 degrees, which is the warmest low temperature on record, beating the previous record of 72 set last in 2003.

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