The Savannah River Basin came out of the gates running for the first month in 2019. However, unlike many people, it kept its New Year’s resolutions and remained above average in January.
Each of the sub-basins exceeded its average by at least half an inch, making January the fourth consecutive month with above average rainfall.
Hartwell outshined (overshadowed?) the other sub-basins with 5.8 inches (compared to its 5.2-inch average). Russell and Thurmond received just over 5 inches versus their 4.4-inch averages.
However, the real question on most folks’ minds is: Will the basin sustain this trend?
In their most recent Water Resources Outlook, climatologists at the Southeast River Forecast Center answered with a definitive … maybe.
This month’s forecast calls for cooler than average temperatures in the Southeast but also slightly drier than normal conditions.
A drier February could be a good thing, according to Todd Hamill, senior coordination hydrologist with the Forecast Center, as it could allow the region to recover from the wet weather we’ve experienced since September.
It’s been so wet, in fact, that the stream flows from September through December 2018 were the highest since the 1960s when researchers began gathering this data.
Looking further into the crystal ball for the transition from spring to summer, March could be rainy but the probabilities are still too close to call.
One thing we can count on, like catching every red light when you’re late, is that the weather will only cooperate part of the time.
~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office