April showers surpassing average for month; lake levels rise, too

With more than 15 days still ahead, April rainfall totals have already eclipsed the statistical average for the month, according to the National Weather Service.

As of Monday night, 3.97 inches had been recorded at Augusta Regional Airport. That figure is 1.03 inches above the average April rainfall of 2.94 inches.

By comparison, just 2.19 inches fell during April 2008; and 2.59 inches was recorded in April 2007.

The bountiful rainfall follows an equally wet March, during which 4.38 inches fell in Augusta.

The cumulative effect of so much spring rain has been positive for the Savannah River and also for Thurmond Lake, where water levels last fall had fallen to 16 feet below normal.

Early today, Thurmond's pool had risen to 326 feet above sea level, its highest point since June 29, 2007, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The normal full pool is 330 feet above sea level.

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