Now that the colander has been turned to 2020 the National Weather Service determined that the past year was the wettest on record throughout the region. Temperatures throughout the region were a single degree warmer than the regional average for the entire year. The annual climate summary consists of data gathered by the National Weather Service from the areas of Paducah, Cape Girardeau, and Evansville, Indiana. The months that were recorded to be warmer than average were September and December. In contrast to that, the coldest month throughout the region was November. This year in Paducah the warmest temperature of the colander year was on September 16, 2019, when the temperature hit 96 degrees. On the flip side the city’s coldest temperature of 10 degrees was on November 13, 2019. This was the first time in history that the warmest temperature was recorded so late in the year. The hottest day of the year in Cape Girardeau was on September 16, 2019, when the temperature reached 99 degrees. The coldest temperature of 10 degrees occurred on January 30, 2019. This past September was determined to be the warmest ever in Cape Girardeau’s history. This past November was determined to be in a tie for the fourth coldest month in history. This past year was the third wettest year in history for both Cape Girardeau and Paducah. The greatest amount of rain fall in Cape Girardeau was 74.11 inches near Scott City. Many other places within the Southeast Missouri region exceeded over 70 inches in rainfall, such as Popular Bluff, which received 72.75 inches of rainfall and Cape Girardeau, which received 70.67. The months that had greater rain fall than normal were February, May and October. Officials with the National Weather Service said, the exceptional amount of precipitation kept area rivers above flood stage even in major flooding areas for a prolonged period of time.