BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - After several days of torrential rain and flooding across South Mississippi, official National Weather Service records indicate that Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport has recorded 14.95″ of rain during the month of April as of Sunday, April 18, 2021.
Much of that has fallen since Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The old record for wettest April was in 2005. Records at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport go back to 1998.
Biloxi is also on its way to experiencing its wettest April on record. With 14.49″ recorded since April 1st, this April ranks in at number four. With additional rain this month, April 2021 could move into a higher spot.
Official weather records for Biloxi are kept by the National Weather Service from WLOX-TV. They have been threaded with a set of records dating back to 1893 from a nearby site that no longer exists.
While official record maximum and minimum weather records - like most rainfall or highest temperature - are not kept for every city across South Mississippi, many rain gauges that are part of an extensive volunteer network of weather observers have measured extreme amounts of rainfall since the beginning of April.
The network is called CoCoRaHS, which stands for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, Snow network. If you would like to be a part of this volunteer network, click here to learn more about it.