Call it too much of a good thing.

Parts of the Southern U.S. have reached a dubious milestone – soaking up more than 100 inches of precipitation over a 15-month stretch between March 2015 and May 2016.

“According to NOAA's ACIS database, 50 weather observing stations in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle have picked up at least 100 inches of rain from March 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016,” writes Jonathan Erdman, a senior meteorologist with The Weather Channel.

Leading the pack are two Texas locations just east of Houston, Liberty (123.99 inches) and Baytown (122.79 inches). Other areas of note include:

  • Murfreesboro, Ark.: 104.22 inches
  • Gainesville, Texas (cooperative observer): 103.68 inches
  • Mobile, Ala.: 103.48 inches
  • Atoka, Okla.: 103.20 inches
  • Baton Rouge, La.: 102.44 inches
  • Mary Esther, Fla.: 100.14 inches


“But doesn't the Deep South and Gulf Coast typically see heavy rainfall?” Erdman counters. “Yes, but in some areas, this is record-shattering.”

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