Wait, It Rained How Much In Mobile, Alabama?
If you think it’s been rainy where you are, wait until you see how much rain Mobile, Alabama received between Sunday and Monday.
The city along Alabama’s narrow Gulf of Mexico coastline received over eight inches of rain – 8.11″ to be exact, as of 8pm CDT on Monday evening – between Sunday and Monday, with the overwhelming majority of that heavy rain falling on Sunday, when 7.28″ of rainfall was recorded at the city’s regional airport, according to the National Weather Service office in Mobile.
The heavy rainfall led to extensive flooding in the city of nearly 200,000 residents, with water rescues, flooded roadways and homes reported by WeatherNation Mobile affiliate WPMI.
Mobile averages less than five inches of rain during the month of April, but the city has already far exceeded that figure (8.66″, through 8pm CDT on Monday). Despite the recent surge of moisture, however, Mobile is actually slightly below average overall for the calendar year, with 18.67″ of rain recorded since January 1st, less than half an inch below the year-to-date average of 19.13″.
Some parts of the panhandle of Florida reported as much as nearly a foot of rain on Sunday – and the rain is far from over. A series of upper-level lows are expected to draw in moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, dumping another 1-3″ on the Mobile area later this week, potentially exacerbating existing flooding concerns.
Grab your umbrellas along the central Gulf Coast! And remember, if you come up to a water-covered roadway, turn around, don’t drown! Stay safe.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi