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Heavy Rains Assist in ArkLaMiss Drought Recovery

On the heels of a very dry august, heavy September rain provides some relief
All of the ArkLaMiss's climate record keeping locations received rainfall during Friday's widespread rain event. The following is the latest information Saturday morning's National Weather Service climate report.

Shreveport Regional Airport recorded 3.18" rainfall on Friday. This shatters their 34-year old record of 2.24" set back in 1979. El Dorado picked up around 2.09" of rain on Friday, pretty close to the record of 2.51" also set in 1979.

Monroe, Tallulah/Vicksburg, and Greenville did not set any rainfall records. On Friday, they picked up 1.66", 1.47", and 1.85" rainfall respectively. The September 20th rainfall records at those locations are much higher, most topping 4" all set in 1958.

Back then, a similar weather pattern involving tropical moisture being drawn northward out of the Gulf by a front moving eastward across the southern U.S. brought heavy rains to many locations in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Even after all of Friday's rain, Monroe is still about half an inch below normal rainfall for the month of September. And this is coming after the driest August ever recorded there.

In fact, Monroe would need over three additional inches of rain to recover from August's rainfall deficit. El Dorado and Tallulah/Vicksburg would need about two more inches of rain to make up for their August rainfall deficit. Shreveport and Greenville have both recovered from their August rain deficit thanks to Friday's showers.

Is there more rain in the forecast? Tune in to KTVE 10 News at 6pm and 10pm tonight to find out with Meteorologist Wesley Williams.
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