Lincoln County survives severe weather on Super Bowl Sunday

Published 10:40 am Monday, February 12, 2024

BROOKHAVEN — About an inch of rain fell on Super Bowl Sunday raising local creeks and bayous and saturating already soggy soil. National Weather Service in Jackson states the area got 1.03 inches of rain yesterday evening.

While the storms were forecast to possibly produce tornadoes, none were reported by the NWS Jackson survey team. So far in 2024, three tornadoes have touched down in George County. Those tornadoes were on January 8 and January 9.

Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid said he did not have any reports of storm damage from the county. It is possible the storm could have caused some dead pine trees to fall. Drought stress and beetle attacks have killed standing pines in Southwest Mississippi.

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A majority of Lincoln County was out of drought conditions according to the National Drought Monitor Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Northwest Lincoln County was considered abnormally dry last week but more than likely moved out of the category with the rain Sunday.

According to the NWS Jackson records, the total rainfall this month is at 4.95 inches. A little over four more inches of rain would place 2024 in the record books for wettest February. The record for wettest February was in 1896 when 12.94 inches of rain fell.

Yesterday’s warm low of 57 degrees took fourth place for warmest low recorded on February 11.

Chances for rain Friday and Saturday are at 30 and 40 percent right now.

Low temperatures will drop back down below 40 degrees this week and NWS Jackson warns there could be patchy frost in the mornings.