Moisture fell on a noteworthy 17 days in May — with “measurable amounts” being recorded on 11 dates, according to area weather “watcher” Stuart Chilton.

May’s rainfall totaled 6.27 inches, which compares with the average May rainfall of 4.70 inches and resulted in above average rainfall for May of 1.57 inches, Chilton said.

Through the first five months of 2007, Stephenville has totaled 22.03 inches, which is 8.03 inches above the average amount of 14 inches, Chilton said.

“May was the ninth highest rain producing month in the past 11 years,” Chilton said, noting he began keeping records in 1996.

According to Chilton, the Top 10 rain-producing months over the past 11 years are:

10.68 inches, August, 1996 9.64 inches, March, 2007 8.61 inches, June, 2004 8.60 inches, February, 1997 7.50 inches, April, 2004 7.21 inches, October, 2002 7.05 inches, June, 2003 6.51 inches, June, 1997 6.27 inches, May, 2007 6.21 inches, May, 2002

During May 2007, Chilton said the amount of rainfall and the dates the precipitation was recorded included:

May 1 — .83 May 2 -1.02 May 5 — .01 May 7 - Trace May 9 — . 59 May 10 —.11 May 11 - Trace May 13 —.08 May 18 - Trace May 21 - Trace May 24 —.56 May 25 —.95 May 26 —.06 May 27 - Trace May 28 - Trace May 29 -1.02 May 31 -1.04

Total ——-6.27

DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at doug.myers@empiretribune.com or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.