Thursday, October 1, 2009
By SUE WATSON
This week’s blue skies and sunshine are a welcome sight after a cloudy, wet September.
The National Climatic Data Center’s Climate Reference Network reported a total of 8.26 inches of rain at the Mississippi State Experiment Station on Highway 7 North in Marshall County. There was no rain recorded until September 9 when 0.55 inches fell. But the larger rains began September 15 with 0.79 inches and from there on the bottom of the bucket seemed to fall out with the last rain recorded Saturday, Sept. 26.
The heavy rains in September are unusual, as historically September is one of the driest months of the year in this region.
Average temperatures for the month (day and night) up to September 27 was 69.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The maximum temperature was 81.1 and the minimum was 53.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
The heavy rains not only slowed construction projects but also produced a hefty fall crop of mushrooms of many varieties.
The weather data was recorded and entered at the website for the National Climate Data Center at www.ncdc.noaa.gov/crn/monthly. The weather measurements are taken automatically at defined intervals and transmitted via the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service.
There are two weather stations in Mississippi that are part of the U.S. Historical Climatology Network - Modernization. The other site is at Newton. Over 150 stations are placed throughout the United States to monitor climate change.
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