Wet Winter Continues Across the Tennessee Valley

If it has seemed like it just never stops raining around the Tennessee Valley these days, reality is not far from the truth!  Both Huntsville International Airport and Northwest Alabama Regional Airport (Muscle Shoals) have recorded 7 consecutive days of measurable rainfall as of January 15.  During that time, 4.45 inches of rain has fallen at Muscle Shoals, versus 2.88 inches at Huntsville (not including rainfall for January 15). The record for consecutive days of measurable rain at Huntsville in January is 10 days, set January 5-14, 1989. At Muscle Shoals the January record is 12 days, set January 5-16, 1998.

Map of 7-Day Precipitation for the Huntsville County Warning Area
Map of precipitation across the NWS Huntsville Hydrologic Service Area over the 7-day period ending January 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM CST

Either way, measurable rainfall has occurred on 9 of the 15 days in January 2013.

Longer term, Huntsville has reported 9.90 inches of rain since December 15, versus 9.46 inches at Muscle Shoals for the same time period. Precipitation for the entire winter (since December 1) stands at 11.21 inches at Huntsville, and 11.01 inches at Muscle Shoals (all through midnight last night).

Map of 30-day precipitation for the Huntsville County Warning Area

Map of precipitation across the NWS Huntsville Hydrologic Service Area over the 30-day period ending January 15, 2013 at 8:04 AM CST

 

Map of 30-day precipitation percent of normal across the Huntsville County Warning Area

Map of observed precipitation as a percentage of normal across the NWS Huntsville Hydrologic Service Area over the 30-day period ending January 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM CST

Some other precipitation totals from area sites:

Site January Total (to date) Since December 1
Courtland HCN 3.80 9.73
Cullman HCN 5.32 12.69
Crossville HCN 6.76 12.06
Guntersville HCN 7.85 13.95
Scottsboro HCN 6.51 12.49
Valley Head HCN 6.87 13.26


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