With nearly 70 inches of rainfall in 2012 in Jackson, the year will go down as the seventh wettest on record, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed this week.
According to the NWS, 69.52 inches of rain drenched the capital city last year. This is more than 15 inches above the normal average annual rainfall of 54.09 inches since 1981.
Above normal rainfall occurred in eight out of 12 months in 2012, contributing to the very wet year.
February, July, August and December all recorded near to more than double their average monthly rainfall with 8.28 inches, 7.80 inches, 8.95 inches and 8.71 inches, respectively.
Normal average rainfall in February is typically around 4.76 inches, 4.80 inches in July, 4.23 inches in August and 5.15 inches in December.
The August 2012 rainfall of 8.95 inches made it the fourth wettest month of August on record.
While Jackson experienced one of its wettest years on record, this wasn't the consistent theme across the region.
Annual rainfall totals varied drastically from the very dry conditions across northwestern Mississippi, to the very wet conditions across portions of central and southern Mississippi.
The cities of Greenwood and Greenville both finished the year more than seven to 10 inches below their normal annual rainfalls for the year with 44.26 inches and 41.93 inches, respectively.