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The rains return

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Although it didn’t feel like a wet month, April delivered some much-needed, above average rainfall to a drought-ridden Savannah River Basin.

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March deficits contribute to persistent drought

Rainfall last month continued the trend over the last 15 months that’s caused the drought conditions we currently experience. This is especially disappointing since March is typically the wettest month of the year.

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Spring arrived early but forgot to pack rain

February’s rainfall left much to be desired as the sub-basins struggled unsuccessfully to break the two-inch mark. Thurmond collected the most at a paltry 1.78 inches (41 percent of its average, 4.3 inches), while Hartwell and Russell registered under 40 … Continue reading

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Drought flow rates changed in February: here’s why

Many of our stakeholders have asked why outflow at Thurmond Dam recently increased from 3,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4,000 cfs. Let me answer those questions and perhaps shed some light on our operational process. First some background: … Continue reading

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January’s Rainfall was better – but more is needed for recovery

The first month of 2017 brought a welcome change in rainfall; all three sub-basins exceeded average precipitation for the first time in almost five months. Hartwell received 104 percent of normal rainfall; Russell, 115 percent of normal; and Thurmond cashed … Continue reading

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Forecasters see mixed signals leading into spring

In the first Water Resources Outlook of 2017, NOAA climatologists give their predictions for rainfall and the potential for drought recovery.

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Crystal ball not so crystal clear – 2017

Once again Balancing the Basin called on its old sage to make a prediction on the summer conditions at the Corps’ Savannah River reservoirs. His editors told him to keep it serious this year. Writing the 2016 version of this … Continue reading

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The year that wasn’t (for rain)

2016 was a wild, tumultuous year that started with such promise but fizzled like a wet sparkler on New Year’s Eve. Month after month as the year wore on we watched nervously as rain deficits grew. However, much of the … Continue reading

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Route to the Drought

A look back at 2016 provides insight into how the Savannah River Basin reached Drought Level 2 and the conditions we’ll need for a full recovery.

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No matter how slight, November’s rain a welcome sight

SAVANNAH, Ga – If not for three light days of rain in November, the Savannah River’s sub-basins would have none. For yet another month, Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond seemed to almost dodge showers.

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