Area beginning year well ahead of normal precipitation–again

The year 2020 is starting off much like 2019 as far as wet weather is concerned. Last year went down as the second wettest year in Mountain Home history with nearly 71 inches of rain which was over 25 inches above normal. That trend is continuing through the first two months of this year, as rainfall is already well above average.

Through the end of February, 11.30 inches of rain have been recorded at the KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot studios, the official reporting station for the National Weather Service in Mountain Home. The average rainfall through the first two months is 5.74 inches, meaning we are already 5.56 inches above normal for the year-to-date.

The first month of the year started as the seventh wettest January in Mountain Home history with 6.17 inches of rain. In February, 5.13 inches of rainfall were recorded. Although that number wasn’t a record, it was 2.13 inches above the normal of 3 inches even.

One record high temperature was recorded in February, when the mercury hit 80 degrees on Feb. 3 breaking the old record of 76 degrees set in 1927. The lowest temperature was 10 degrees on the 14th.

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