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April Was A Wet Month In Central Alabama...But How Wet?


If you think there were not many sunny, dry days in April, you are correct.  Rainfall in April  across Central Alabama averaged between five and ten inches...with some localized totals of ten to fourteen inches in the northern sections. Looking at historical records, it can be seen that for many places this was one of the wetter Aprils on record. Let's take a closer look at a few locations.

In Birmingham, 10.24 inches of rain fell at the Birmingham Airport, making this the sixth wettest April on record.  The wettest April in Birmingham occurred in 1979 when 13.75 inches fell.

Anniston also experienced a wet April, with 8.25 inches of rain measured at the Anniston Airport. This  ranks as the sixth wettest April in Anniston.  Their greatest April rainfall also occurred in 1979, when a whopping 17.30 inches fell.

In Tuscaloosa, this was the seventh wettest April in their records, with 9.07 inches of rain measured. As with Birmingham and Anniston, Tuscaloosa's wettest April was in 1979 when 14.41 inches was recorded.

In contrast, farther south at Montgomery, only 6.50 inches of rain fell in April.  This ranks as Montgomery's thirty-second wettest April, well behind their record rainfall of 15.94 inches that occurred in 1912.

 

April 2015 Rainfall Totals and Historic Rank for Selected Sites

Station

April 2015 Rainfall (Inches)

Rank

Record April Rainfall (Inches)

Year

Birmingham

10.24

6th

13.75

1979

Anniston

8.25

6th

17.30

1979

Tuscaloosa

9.07

7th

14.41

1979

Montgomery

6.50

32nd

15.94

1912

 

One other note of interest.  The heavy April rainfall of 1979 produced widespread river and flash flooding across Central Alabama, producing millions of dollars in damage and taking fifteen lives in the state. In contrast, the rain that fell this April only produced minor, fairly localized and sporadic river flooding and flash flooding in our area.  This was largely due to  the rain being spread out in time and area throughout the month.  This allowed for runoff from storm systems to be carried downstream and out of the area by river, creeks and streams between storm episodes, allowing most streams to remain within their banks.

Looking ahead, much welcomed dry weather is expected to prevail through much of the first week of May as high pressure over the area keeps storm systems away from the area.