SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The month of January is only about halfway over. And we've already set new records for rainfall and warmth across much of South Mississippi.
Torrential rainfall drenched the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the first few days of January, dropping a daily record-breaking eight inches of rainfall in Biloxi. This led to river flooding issues affecting many of Mississippi's coastal counties.
Biloxi has seen over 200% of normal January rainfall. In fact, this is Biloxi's 3rd rainiest January on record so far with about thirteen inches of rain sitting in the monthly rain gauge, beaten only by January 1991 (19.9", month end total) and January 1998 (14.7", month end total).
"Keep in mind that the month is only halfway over with more rain in the forecast this week for South Mississippi," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "An additional one to two inches of rainfall or more are expected by January's third weekend. So, there's still time for 2017's January to beat the rainy records of 1998 and 1991."
From wet to warm, much of the month it has certainly felt more like spring than winter. Surely, no South Mississippian will forget the unforgiving hard freeze that allowed for temperatures to plummet into the 20s with wind chill in the teens.
Our normal high temperatures in January are in the 60s and we've had about a week's worth of daily temperatures topping out in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees.
"Very unusual," Williams said. "We've set new record-high temperatures for at least the last two days in Gulfport and Wiggins. And it looks like this unseasonably warm pattern will stick around until at least January's third weekend."
Keep up with South Mississippi's forecast, anytime, anywhere, in the free WLOX Weather App.