Hartwell overcomes dry season with above average rainfall, Thurmond, Russell near average

October marks the traditional dry season for the Savannah River Basin reflected by typical lower precipitation recorded at Thurmond and Russell sub-basins compared to other months in the year.

Hartwell sub-basin received a welcome relief of rain during a substantial one-day rain occurrence, pushing October rainfall totals over its monthly average.

The National Weather Service recorded rain on 15 days at Hartwell, 13 days at Thurmond, and 16 days at Russell.

Hartwell sub-basin received 119.6 percent of its normal rainfall totaling 4.9 inches of rain, 0.7 inches above the October average of 4.1 inches.

Thurmond sub-basin received 90.4 percent of normal rainfall totaling 2.7 inches of rain, 0.3 inches below the October average of 3 inches.OctRainfallGraphic

Russell sub-basin received 94.5 percent of normal rainfall totaling 3 inches of rain, 0.2 inches below the October average of 3.2 inches.

All of the sub-basins had their heaviest rain events Oct. 14. Hartwell sub-basin received half of its monthly total, recording 2.4 inches. Thurmond and Russell sub-basins received 1.5 and 1.4 inches of rain, respectively.

~By Chelsea Smith, Public Affairs Specialist

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  • Don Salemi

    Stop dropping the Lake level

  • Hartwell Cove Dweller

    I don’t understand. We got 2.4 inches of rain on 10/14, but by the end of the month it was all gone. Should we assume that without that “record rainfall” the lake level would be even another foot lower?

    • Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, since that last big rainf event, we haven’t gotten much rain in most other parts of the basin. By percentage Hartwell’s gotten the most: 74% of average. Since we are in Drought Level 1, our outflows are capped at 4,200 CFS. If the lakes descend into DL2, the cap will reduce to 4,000 CFS; however, our projections indicate levels will stabilize and begin to ascend again in December. Hope this helps. ~Russell

  • ScottL

    What are you guys doing:
    Russell is OVER 1 foot ABOVE full pool when Hartwell is 5+ feet below full pool and Thurmond is 6+ feet below full pool.
    Thurmond has dropped over 1 foot in the last week because of this.
    STOP letting water out of Hartwell and let more out of Russell each night until you fix this.
    You wouldn’t be in this ridiculous situation if you stopped targetting a Russell level of 454.5 feet on FRIDAY as I have suggested when you are pumping back 14000cfs over the weekend.

  • ScottL

    BTW, tell whoever does your data entry to pay attention.
    For the second time this year, a foot of water “magically” disappeared from Russell on Monday only to reappear last night. Good thing it reappeared, or we might be up to 2 feet above in Russell come next Monday.

    • Yes – we have room for improvement on initial data entry. Multiple operators are giving input hourly on pool elevations, and when there is a typo it creates further errors with inflow calculations. They should be corrected now. We do expect to acquire a more automated system soon that will go far in eliminating human error. We apologize for the discrepancies. ~Russell

  • ScottL

    Actually, your Declaration you JUST POSTED has a foot of water magically disappearing TODAY. Where is it going?