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.