Year has been dry so far, but rain is coming



Augusta has been drier than normal so far this year, the National Weather Service says. But Meteorologist Leonard Vaughn says don’t lose hope.

“Don’t wash the pollen off your cars; it’s going to rain,” he said Sunday.

A storm system traveling through the Ohio and Mississippi valleys is expected to hit Augusta late today and linger in the area through Tuesday. Vaughn says that could bring about another inch of rain to the area.

But that won’t be enough to erase the rainfall deficit of 3.35 inches for year so far, as measured at Augusta Regional Airport.

As of Sunday afternoon, Augusta had received just more than 10 inches of rain since Jan. 1, Vaughn said.

Through the first 102 days of 2013, about 14.06 inches of rain was recorded at the airport.

The wettest 102 days on record in Augusta was 26.67 inches, recorded in 1875, Vaughn said. He said that might have been recorded at one of the buildings in the downtown area because there were no airports.

More recently, in 1998, 24.04 inches of rain was recorded at Bush Field through this point in the year.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the mid to high 70s today and Tuesday, and the lows are expected to dip into the 40s Tuesday night.

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