Friday, May 02, 2008

Soggy Saturday's...

Rain is once again in the forecast for this Saturday. This will make the 6th consecutive Saturday that we have seen rain in metro Atlanta!!

The last rain-free weekend was March 22/23. Ironically, I washed my car that day and it did not rain! Every other time I wash it... it rains!

So, you might be asking how much is all this rain helping with out rainfall deficit? It is certainly helping, but you might be surprised to know that we have a rainfall deficit for the year!

Here are the numbers...

For the last month we have received 3.17" of rain which is .42" below average

For the last 6 months we have received 21.59" of rain which is 4.98" below average

For the last year we are still running a good 12.24" below average

So, in short... the drought is not over.

As you can see by this latest map, most of Northern Georgia is still in an extreme to severe drought. While we are headed in the right direction we still have a ways to go.

We need to make sure to conserve during the upcoming summer months because while we do see a decent amount of rain... we also see a good bit of evaporation because of those hot summer days. Meaning, it will take a lot of summer rain to make a dent in the drought.

One of the better places to learn about water conservation is the waterSmart program.

As far as Saturday's rain... a cold front will trigger showers and storms that may dump upwards of 1" of rain Saturday afternoon over Northern Georgia. While the rain will be welcomed... some may be severe so make sure to keep it tuned to CBS46 and for the very latest should some of the storms become severe.

Have a great weekend (especially Sunday)!


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