October is typically the driest month of the year. This year was no exception. October marks the second month in a row we’ve experienced below-average precipitation. Hartwell received 1.6 inches for the month coming in 2.5 inches below average. Thurmond received .59 inches of rain coming in 2.41 inches below average.
The recent deficit follows an exceptional volume of rainfall over the summer which took the basin into flood risk management status. Despite the September and October shortfall both Hartwell and Thurmond remain near guide curve. We continue to monitor the condition of the basin and project reservoir levels will remain near guide curve into January.
We will continue to keep you updated as the forecast evolves.
As always, we welcome your questions and feedback.
~Russell Wicke, Corporate Communications Officer