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



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.