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Augusta sees third-driest summer since 1871; Rainfall expected this week

Monday, July 14, 2014 5:43 PM
Last updated 8:34 PM
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Rain this week might make the grass a little greener, but it likely won’t be much help against the increasing rainfall deficit.

For the past 30 days, the Augusta area has seen less than half an inch, making it the third-driest for the period since 1871, Georgia climatologist Bill Murphy said Monday. That makes it 4 inches below normal.

“It is starting to get a little more dry across the state, especially in Augusta,” Murphy said.

So far this year, Augusta is 2.97 inches below normal.

Rainfall is in the forecast for each day this week except Thursday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Whitney Smith said the highest chances of showers and thunderstorms will be Tuesday and Wednesday as a cold front moves into the area. The front is expected to bring chances of rain and cooler temperatures in the low 90s for most of the week.

Meteorologists expect less than half an inch in rainfall through Wednesday. The chance for showers increases again Friday.

“It really depends on what storms hit you,” Smith said of the rainfall.

It’s a drastically different story from last July, when near daily rainfall resulted in the closure of the lower level of Riverwalk Augusta and boat ramps.

Six days this July have recorded trace amounts of rain, but only one day saw any measurable amount – 0.02 inches on July 9.

Augusta appears to have just missed the cutoff for more severe weather. Atlanta, Columbia and areas to the North are expecting flash floods and severe weather Tuesday through Wednesday. AccuWeather is already warning of flight delays in Atlanta and other major airports in the Deep South because of severe and damaging winds in the forecast, according to a news release.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 07/15/14 - 10:34 am

I guess I'll have to trust Georgia climatologist Bill Murphy's statement that one half inch of rain in the 30-day period from June 15 to July 14 is the third driest since 1871. But it certainly seems to me that we have experienced many, many times where we can go through entire 30-day periods with no rainfall at all. I guess if you cherry pick the dates, you can come up with headline-making anecdotes for just about anything.

Bizkit 07/15/14 - 11:00 am
Strange this AC article :With

Strange this AC article :With 65 inches of rain observed statewide, conditions in Georgia were much wetter than usual in 2013. The state received its third-largest annual precipitation since state records began in 1895 . This article from the AC contradicts this climatologist-1871 or 1895 . Hmmmmmmm

Bizkit 07/15/14 - 11:01 am
Article continues-Rainfall in

Article continues-Rainfall in 2013 was almost 15 inches above the annual average calculated between 1901 and 2000. The heavy precipitation helped Georgia continue a two-decade record of years with highly variable rainfall and ended the third major drought Georgia has experienced since 1998.
Though Georgia’s farmers usually welcome the rain, this year was so cloudy that the lack of sunshine delayed the development of some key crops. Conversely, the wet and cool spring and summer helped consumers enjoy lower utility bills.
Last year’s wet weather began in January and February when a strong and persistent band of rain moved into the state from north to south. It helped smash the old state record for February precipitation. February 2013 saw a state average of 9.92 inches, surpassing the old record of 8.73 inches set in 1939 by more than 10 percent.
The wet pattern seen in February continued into the spring and summer, contributing to cool and cloudy conditions through most of the growing season.
Says it was a wet summer. Somebody is full of crap.

Bizkit 07/15/14 - 11:25 am
We need to call bill Murphy

We need to call bill Murphy to explain the discrepancy. In any case for a climatologist these short term changes don't mean anything- it's the long term weather over hundreds and thousands of years.

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