A look back at 2020 weather in the Mid-South

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — 2020 was a year unlike any other but for weather across the Mid-South, it was one that fared somewhat normal. This is a positive since many of us found ourselves at home and outside more often than in previous years.

There were plenty of nice stretches of weather for the Mid-South but early 2020 started as a soaker. From January to March, the Memphis International Airport picked up over 20 inches of rain. Rainfall totals seemed to normalize after that, so we ended the year near average with 56 inches of rain. That’s just 2 inches above the yearly average.

It’s not uncommon for Memphis to hit 100° at least once a summer, but we didn’t do it at all this year! The warmest temperature we reached was 97°, which we hit 4 times in total. Once in July and 3 days in a row in August.

The coldest temperature recorded was just a couple of weeks ago on Christmas morning. The airport dropped down to 21° with a wind chill of 10°. Thanks, Santa!

There were only two days that the airport reported measurable snow this year. This was on February 6th and 7th with a total of 0.6″. A few more days recorded trace amounts. Several tropical systems moved through the area and impacted the Mid-South like Tropical Storm Cristobal, Hurricane Laura, and Tropical Storm Beta.

A total of eight tornadoes formed in our coverage area. The strongest were 2 EFs. One formed in Desoto County, MS on January 10th and caused $2.6 million in damage. The hardest-hit community was Lewisburg, MS. The next one formed on April 8th in Poinsett County, AR. It tracked mostly through farmland but also destroyed a trailer home and injured two.

This is a great reminder that the winter months can be an active time for severe weather. That’s why it’s important to always be prepared with two ways to get watches and warnings: the NOAA weather radio and the FOX13 Weather App are two great options.

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