February could see record rainfall in Augusta

With 7.53 inches of rain already tallied, this month is on its way to becoming the wettest February ever recorded in Augusta.

It unofficially ranks sixth, but with more rain on the way it could reach No. 1.

Today’s forecast includes an 80 percent chance of rain, with 2 to 4 inches expected Monday, said Leonard Vaughan, of the National Wea­ther Service in West Co­lumbia, S.C.

That comes on the heels of the driest January on record. Only 0.60 inch of rain fell last month.

The record status won’t be official until rainfall totals have been reported for the month, Vaughan said.

If the record is reached, it might be credited to a correction made by climatologists who found a discrepancy in rainfall totals recorded in February 1899.

During research, Vaughan said, climatologists found that the weather service and the Georgia Crop Report reported 10.55 inches fell in February that year. When the original observer sheet for Bush Field was pulled, though, they discovered that 0.52 inch of rain that fell Jan. 31 was reported for Feb. 1 because of the times that gauges were read then.

Rain gauges were recorded around 8 a.m. each day for the previous day’s rainfall. Now it is recorded at midnight, he said.

Vaughan said rain ended at Bush Field at 4:55 p.m. Jan. 31. When the gauge was read at 7:33 a.m. Feb. 1, the 0.52 inch reported was recorded for the wrong date, he said.

The corrected rainfall for February is 10.03 inches.

Today’s temperatures are expected to be around 50 with an 80 percent chance of rain. Saturday night will be mostly cloudy with a low in the mid-40s and a 30 percent chance of rain.

Sunday will be sunny with highs in the upper 60s. Rain is expected to return Monday with a 70 percent chance and highs in the mid-50s.

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10 WETTEST FEBRUARYS

The 10 wettest Februarys on record, according to the National Weather Service:

YEARRAINFALL
1. 189910.03 inches
2. 19399.61 inches
3. 19298.91 inches
4. 18978.57 inches
5. 19617.67 inches
6. 19037.46 inches
7. 19797.34 inches
8. 19877.23 inches
9. 18747.22 inches
10. 18947.09 inches

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