February weather sets several records, area way ahead on rain

The month of February and the first two months of 2019 combined both just missed being the wettest of all time in Mountain Home and because of that, the area is almost 9 inches above normal for rainfall year to date.

At the KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot studios, the official reporting station in Mountain Home for the National Weather Service, we received 8.80 inches of rain in February, which makes it the second wettest ever. We missed the top spot on the list, which is 9.31 inches in 1989, by 51 hundredths of an inch. The average rainfall for February is an even 3 inches.

Through the first two months of the year, 14.53 inches of rain has fallen in Mountain Home. This also ranks number two on the list for the first two months combined, trailing only 1949 when 14.60 inches of rain fell in January and February, meaning the record was missed by just 7 hundredths of an inch.

Two individual daily rainfall records were broken during February. On Feb. 7th, 2.39 inches of rain was recorded, eclipsing the old record of 2.23 inches in 1921. The record for Feb. 20th fell when 1.46 inches of rain was received. The old record of 1.21 inches was set in 1994. On Feb. 11th, 2.06 inches of rain was recorded, missing the record for that date by just 4 hundredths of an inch.

The 14.53 inches of rain in the first two months of the year has the area way above average. The average rainfall through January and February is 5.74 inches, meaning we are 8.79 inches above normal year to date.

The warmest day in Mountain Home in February was 77 degrees on the 5th. The coldest temperature was 14 degrees on the 8th.

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