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A man uses an umbrella in the rain at the parking lot of Broadway Square Mall on Wednesday Jan. 2, 2018. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Tyler residents have been getting to use their umbrellas a lot more than in past years.

As of 1 p.m. Friday, the city had received 26.19 inches of rain since Jan. 1. The total is 9.56 inches above the 16.63 inches of rain the city usually receives by that date.

In April, there were five days when the city received more than an inch of rain. On April 24, the city received 3.05 inches.

“Typically speaking, spring months are our wettest months,” said Davyon Hill, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Shreveport, Louisiana, which keeps a record of rainfall. “It’s not out of the norm to get our heaviest rain in the spring months. We are in an El Niño this year, which has contributed to a little heavier rainfall.”

In a Texas Crop and Weather report released Tuesday by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon said Tyler experienced its wettest 12-month period, ending May 12, in 105 years.

The city, as well as much of the rest of East Texas, is expected to receive more rain this weekend. There is a 70 percent chance for showers and storms on Saturday afternoon, according to the weather service.

CBS 19 meteorologist Brittany Mireles said Friday that most of the region has been placed under an enhanced risk for severe weather by the Storm Prediction Center, and that storms would likely occur in late afternoon or evening on Saturday.

She added that heavy rainfall, flash flooding, tornadoes and large hail couldn’t be ruled out.

“We are looking at a trough that’s going to be moving though the Plains, and then it’s going to continue to bring the threat for some severe thunderstorms in our region,” Mireles said. 

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