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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 11:25 PM CDT on October 01, 2014

... September 2014 monthly climate summary...

September brought warmer than normal temperatures and a mix of above and
below normal precipitation totals to the mid-south. For many
areas... September would likely have witnessed below normal
precipitation totals if not for the heavy amounts of rain received
on September 11th. It was during this flash flood event that
Memphis picked up over four inches of its 4.75 inches of rainfall
for the month.

Memphis was the warmest site during September with its monthly average of 76.2
degrees... which was a one degree departure above normal.
Currently for 2014 Memphis is 2.1 degrees below normal... thanks
mostly to a cooler Spring and Summer. Tupelo had an average
temperature this month of 75.5 degrees... or 1.4 degrees warmer
than normal. Tupelo is currently 1.9 degrees below normal for the
year. Jonesboro had an average temperature of 73.0 degrees in
September... 1.1 degrees above the September normal... while
currently being the site with the coolest departure from normal
for the year at 2.4 degrees below normal. Jackson was the coolest
site this month by over one degree with an average temperature of
71.6 degrees... only 0.2 degrees above normal. Meanwhile Jackson is
currently 2.2 degrees cooler than normal for the year. Memphis and
Jonesboro recorded the warmest temperature this month with 95
degrees... while Jackson recorded the coolest temperature with 45
degrees. Thats a fifty degree spread across the month... which aids
in identifying September as a transition month in the climate
across the region.

As previously mentioned... much of the precipitation that fell in September
occurred during the heavy rainfall event on September 11th. The
effects of this event were primarily felt in Shelby and DeSoto
counties... where water rose to cover roadways and even flooded
several homes. Jackson narrowly beat out Memphis for the most
precipitation during the month with 4.83 inches... 1.45 inches
above the September normal. Jackson has received 48.51 inches of
precipitation so far this year... 9.26 inches above normal. Memphis
received 4.75 inches of rain in September... 1.66 inches above
normal for the month... while The Bluff city is right at 10.00
inches above normal for the year so far. Tupelo recorded 3.23
inches of rain this month... which is actually 0.22 inches below
normal for the month. Tupelo is the only site with a drier than
normal precipitation total for 2014... having received 0.74 inches
of precipitation below normal. Jonesboro was the driest site for
the month... only receiving 1.84 inches of rain... which is 1.22
inches below normal. Jonesboro is currently 1.35 inches of
precipitation ahead for the year... having received 35.52 inches in

Temperature data:
                              memphisjackson Jonesboro Tupelo
average temperature (month) : 76.2 71.6 73.0 75.5
normal avg. Temp (month) : 75.2 71.4 71.9 74.1
departure from normal (month): 1.0 0.2 1.1 1.4
average temperature (year) : 64.0 60.7 60.8 63.5
normal avg. Temp (year) : 66.1 62.9 63.2 65.4
departure from normal (year) : -2.1 -2.2 -2.4 -1.9

Maximum temperature : 95.0 92.0 95.0 94.0
minimum temperature : 54.0 45.0 52.0 50.0

Precipitation data:
       memphisjackson Jonesboro Tupelo
total precipitation (month) : 4.75 4.83 1.84 3.23
normal precipitation (month) : 3.09 3.38 3.06 3.44
departure from normal (month): 1.66 1.45-1.22 -0.21
total precipitation (year) : 48.47 48.5135.52 39.17
normal precipitation (year) : 38.47 39.2534.17 39.91
departure from normal (year) : 10.00 9.26 1.35 -0.74
percent of normal : 126% 124% 104% 98%

Climate outlook:
for October the forecast for north Mississippi is for enhanced odds
of experiencing above normal temperatures... while the forecast
for the rest of the region is for equal chances of experiencing
above... near... or below normal temperatures. Extreme northeast
Arkansas and the Missouri bootheel are forecast to have enhanced
odds of experiencing above normal precipitation totals for the
month of October... while the rest of the mid-south is again only
forecast as an equal chance. An equal chance forecast simply means
that there is no clear climate indicator to help determine whether
temperatures or precipitation will be above... near... or below

For the months of October... November... and December collectively... the
climate prediction center is forecasting parts of west Tennessee
and extreme northeast Mississippi to have enhanced odds of
experiencing above normal temperatures... while the rest of the
area is forecast as equal chances. For precipitation the entire
area is forecast as equal chance of experiencing
above... near... and below normal precipitation totals.

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