Wetter than normal April in the books

Heavy rain occurred almost every Thursday of the month

FORECAST VIDEO: 4-30-19 April 2019 Climate Report: Wetter than normal

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - After all those April showers, this month went down in the record books as Gulfport’s 7th wettest since 1999.

Rainfall totaled about 6.6 inches in the monthly gauge at the Gulfport airport. This was higher than April’s normal 4.6 inches.

The year so far has technically been drier than normal overall though. Gulfport’s 2019 rain gauge has just under 16 inches of rainfall when normally by this time of year it would have just over 20 inches.

“The heavy rains that we saw this month were actually beneficial,” said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. “After a very dry March, we were beginning to enter borderline drought conditions early this month. But, hopefully these rains will help to stave off drought conditions. But, we still have plenty of catching up to do to get 2019 back up to normal rainfall."

Temperatures overall were unremarkably near-normal for April. And they were also near-normal last month too.

The outlook calls for a low chance for a warmer and wetter than normal May, according to the Climate Prediction Center.

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