Finally, some much needed rainfall across the Mid-South - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Finally, some much needed rainfall across the Mid-South

Estimated rainfall amounts Friday October 14 Estimated rainfall amounts Friday October 14
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It has been unusually warm and dry across the Mid-South for several weeks, and as the week came to a close we got some much needed relief from that pattern.  

Most of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area woke up to a cool and rainy Friday morning with rain persisting for much of the day.  By the end of the afternoon the rain had moved east, but not before soaking the entire area.  This was the first widespread rain to fall on the Mid-South since September 10, so every drop that fell today was welcomed.  

Rainfall amounts varied, with the heaviest falling over an area that needed it the most, north Mississippi.  That part of the Mid-South was suffering from abnormal to extreme drought conditions, with burn bans in place for much of the state.  

By the end of the day Friday, an inch to three inches of rain had fallen over much of the area.  This may not bring an end to the drought, but it certainly helped the parched region.  With the rain came cooler temperatures, with afternoon highs only reaching the mid to upper sixties for most areas, including Memphis.  

The official rainfall total for Memphis was 1.11 inch of rain, but even, so we are still almost a half inch below average for the month and 2.9 inches below average since September 1.  

I hope you enjoyed the rain that fell because it could be some time before we see another slow soaker make its way into the Mid-South.  

A return to a dry, warm pattern will be in place through the weekend and into the beginning of next week, with only a slight chance for showers by the end of next week.  However, cooler temperatures will return as we get to the end of next week and should remain in place for next weekend.  

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