Augusta region dried out in 2011

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 5:58 PM
Last updated Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 2:24 AM
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It started off as a dry year, and just kept getting drier.

Augusta’s rainfall deficit, which started 2011 with a 2.39-inch shortfall last January, ended up more than 15 inches below normal for the year, according to National Weather Service records.

Trees suffered throughout the long, hot summer and many lakes and ponds will enter the new year lower than they’ve been in years.

Based on rainfall recorded at the Augusta Regional Airport monitoring station, the area received just 29.43 inches during 2011, compared to an average year of 44.55 inches, for a deficit of 15.12 inches.

Average or above average rainfall occurred only two months of the year - February, with 0.20 inches above normal; and March, with 0.84 inches above normal.

Below normal precipitation was measured during the remaining 10 months.

The driest month was August, with just 1.16 inches recorded, for deficit of 4.32 inches. The wettest month was March, with 5.45 inches.

WEATHER STATISTICS ARE DRY READING

Check out a searchable weather database for Augusta at www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=cae.

Here is Augusta’s 2011 rainfall (in inches):


MONTH       AVERAGE       ACTUAL       DEVIATION FROM NORMAL

January             4.50                     2.11                                   -2.39

February           4.11                     4.31                                   +0.20

March                 4.61                    5.45                                   +0.84

April                   2.94                     1.93                                   -1.01

May                    3.07                     2.50                                  -0.57

June                    4.19                     1.98                                  -2.21

July                     4.33                     4.05                                  -0.28

August                4.32                     1.16                                   -3.16

September         3.22                     1.56                                   -1.66

October               3.27                     1.47                                   -1.80

November           2.82                     1.63                                  -1.19

December            3.17                     1.28                                  -1.89

Totals               44.55                 29.43                              -15.12

Source: National Weather Service, Augusta Regional Airport station

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raul
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raul 12/31/11 - 09:19 pm
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Rob, what are the predictions

Rob, what are the predictions for 2012?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/31/11 - 09:37 pm
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Hey, something's not right

Hey, something's not right here. You cannot start off the year with a 2.39" deficit because the rainfall deficit is always re-set to zero each calendar year! Let's get real, here.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/31/11 - 09:40 pm
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Rob Pavey wrote: . . . many

Rob Pavey wrote:

. . . many lakes and ponds will enter the new year lower than they’ve been in years.

Well, many lakes and ponds will enter the new year higher than they've been in other years.

It all evens out.

copperhead
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copperhead 01/01/12 - 09:24 am
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These are NORMAL weather

These are NORMAL weather patterns! It will be hot and cold,wet and dry from now on! Adapt and overcome! Stop complaining and pay your taxes.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/02/12 - 09:44 pm
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Speaking of taxes, how about

Speaking of taxes, how about that rain tax in Columbia County? When there is a drought we ought to get a rebate on part of the rain tax!

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Riverman1 01/02/12 - 09:59 pm
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Frank Spears should be

Frank Spears should be charged for the years we have rain deficits. Just because he runs away to lands below the equator, he should have to keep up with the rain in Columbia County and personally pay his silly "rainwater" tax when the rain doesn't come.

I'm kind of kidding here. Frank Spears seems like one of the few honest and honorable politicians we've had. Of course, THEY turned on him.

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