In January the Hartwell sub-basin received above-average rainfall with a total of 8.74 inches. This is the highest amount of January rainfall the Hartwell sub-basin has received in 15 years. The last time we received more rain in January was in 1998 with a recorded 9.54 inches – the highest ever recorded for January. Hartwell’s average January rainfall is 5.30 inches. Most of the recent rains produced run-off into the reservoir, which equated to about 4.5 feet of lake level gained at Hartwell.
January rainfall was less abundant for the Thurmond sub-basin, which received only 3.30 inches—falling short of the average of 4.39 inches. This rainfall equated to a gain of about 1.73 feet in Thurmond’s lake level.
Russell received 4.94 inches, slightly exceeding its January average of 4.38 inches.
~Tracy Robillard, Corporate Communications