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Rainfall Bogs Down Ala., Ga., Miss.

August 4, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Raindrops fell on Alabama. And fell, and fell, and fell.

Mobile and Birmingham had record three-month rainfall totals in the May-July period, more that doubling their normal rain, the National Weather Service reported Monday.

Georgia and Mississippi shared in the unusual wetness, with communities in those states recording May-July periods that were among their dampest.

Mobile received 39.65 inches of rain between May 1 and July 31, the Weather Service said, the most in 123 years of record keeping. Normal for that period is 17.65 inches.

Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham, recorded 29.59 inches of rain, making it the wettest since record keeping began there in 1890. That more than doubled the average rainfall of 13.70 inches for the period.

Columbus, Ga., on the Alabama border, had 22.93 inches, the wettest May-July period on record there too. Records in Columbus go back to 1948.

The Weather Service said Atlanta had its third wettest May-July since record keeping started there in 1878. The city recorded 22.62 inches of rain.

Meridian, Miss., had its third wettest May-July with 24.96 inches. Huntsville, Ala., followed with 21.16 inches for its fifth wettest May-July on record.

During the three-month period, National Weather Service forecast offices in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia issued nearly 350 flash flood warnings.

``The three-month outlook for August, September and October calls for near normal temperatures and a 5 to 10 percent chance of above average rainfall across all of Georgia and southern Alabama,″ said Victor Murphy, climate services manager at the National Weather Service Southern Region.


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