The figures for this very wet month of August

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Rain, rain, go away! This phrase has probably been used by many people in central Alabama this month. I know I’ve used it several times over the past 30 days.

Through August 29, a whopping 10.08″ of rain fell in Montgomery. On its own, this number may not seem so impressive. Put the 3.66-inch average aside and all of a sudden it seems pretty significant.

Montgomery is more than half a foot above normal for precipitation this month.(WSFA News 12)

Montgomery is more than six inches above normal for August and there are still a few more days to add. By the way, that 10.08″ is good for #3 on Montgomery’s list of wettest Augusts in recorded history.

Only 1984 and 1974 saw wetter Augusts in Alabama’s capital.

If we can get a downpour or storm to move over the airport by Wednesday, there is a chance this August will become the wettest. Montgomery needs just 0.36″ of rain to break the record for wettest August in recorded history. Showers and thunderstorms are unlikely today and Wednesday, but some are possible Tuesday .

August 2022 is the 3rd wettest August in recorded history for Montgomery.
August 2022 is the 3rd wettest August in recorded history for Montgomery.(WSFA News 12)

It’s not just Montgomery either. Most of central Alabama enjoyed a fairly wet August. This is especially true for the western half of the region. Counties with well above normal rainfall totals this month include Autauga, Barbour, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pike and Wilcox .

Parts of each of these counties have seen at least six inches of rain this month. Most of these counties have radar-estimated rainfall totals of eight to fifteen inches of rain this month! This is what the magenta/pink color represents on the map below.

Total rainfall this month reached 10-15" in many places.
Rainfall totals this month reached 10-15″ in many places.(WSFA News 12)

As we always say in Alabama, however, not everyone sees the same amount of rain and thunderstorms. Look at some of the eastern and southeastern counties on the map above where the yellows and oranges are.

These colors represent radar-estimated rainfall totals of just two to five inches this month. It’s still a decent amount of rain, but that’s nothing like what the counties I listed above saw.

So, is life in Alabama in the summer, right?

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