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October rainfall breaks another Central Mississippi weather record



From record-breaking flooding to record heat and back to record flooding, Central Mississippi can’t seem to get a break from severe weather this year.

Last night’s rainfall broke a 101-year record for rainfall in October.

In October 1918 “Jackson finished the month up with a grand total of 10.58 inches of rainfall. This goes down as the wettest on record for Jackson,” until today, states the National Weather Service website. “October is often the driest month of the year” the site adds.

As of this morning, the total rainfall this month stands at 12.42 inches in Jackson, exceeding the 1918 record by almost 2 inches.

Vicksburg’s average rainfall for October is between 3 and 4 inches. The city’s record for the month is 13.21 inches, set in 2009.

Forecasters expect another inch or so with the rain coming in tonight and into Thursday morning, so Vicksburg’s October rainfall record could well be broken.

Expect temperatures to drop dramatically after tomorrow’s rain, with highs only reaching into the 50s for several days and lows dipping into the 30s.

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