MEMPHIS, TN--The Mid-South has been on a roller coaster with the weather. March 2012 was the warmest March on record. April wasn’t as hot, but the month brought abnormally dry conditions. The heat and the lack of rain has not been a good combination. The lack of rain is visible across the Mid-South in wilting flowers and brown laws. April rain totals in Memphis were nearly 4.5” below normal, making it the second driest April on record.
Tom Salem, NWS Meteorologist, says, “We had one inch of precipitation in April and we're supposed to have five inches.”
The Mid-South is running sizeable deficits since the beginning of the year. Since March 1, 2012, Memphis has received six inches of rain when normally the area should have had around 12 inches. Since January 1, 2012, Memphis has only received 12 inches of rain when normally the area receives over 20 inches.
The outlook for May does not look to bring much of a change to the Mid-South.
April was unusually dry, but not as hot as March. In fact, Memphis only set a record high temperature one day during the month. However, looking at the first four months of 2012, the Mid-South has had the warmest low, average, and high temperatures on record.
Forecasters expect above normal temperatures and near normal rainfall heading into the summer months.