April has a reputation as a somewhat rainy period, which it lived up to last month in Mount Airy — but not by much.
For a month that produces 3.76 inches of precipitation here on average, a total of 3.86 inches will go down in the history books for April 2016, based on a statistical breakdown from the city’s F.G. Doggett Water Plant.
In comparison, May already has seen 4.45 inches of rainfall as of Thursday morning, according to a spokesman at the water plant, Mount Airy’s official weather-monitoring station. Trivia enthusiasts might find it interesting that this total already has surpassed the local average for May as a whole, 4.12 inches.
In April, measurable rainfall occurred on 11 of its 30 days, the largest output coming on April 1, at 1.15 inches.
That did not keep annual precipitation from being below normal through the first four months of the year. As of April 30, Mount Airy had received 13.54 inches — which is 1.09 inches, or 7.5 percent, under the usual total for that period of 14.63 inches.
April was a little cooler than usual locally, with temperatures averaging 55.4 degrees, compared to the 57.6-degree norm for the fourth month of the year.
Temperatures showed a wide disparity, ranging from the monthly low of 24 degrees logged for April 10 and 11 to the balmy 88-degree high for the month recorded on April 19.
Mount Airy also had three days with frost in April and four with fog.
Weather records have been kept in Mount Airy since 1924.