By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist
August was another wet month in the Savannah River basin, with above-average rainfall recorded at all three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs.
This August, the Hartwell sub-basin recorded 9.1 inches of rain, which is 183 percent of normal. The average rainfall at Hartwell for the month of August is 5 inches.
August was the second wettest month so far this year at Hartwell. The wettest was July, when it recorded 13.5 inches—a whopping 257.1 percent of normal!
The Thurmond sub-basin recorded 6.1 inches of rain this August—which is 166.6 percent of normal. The average rainfall for August at the Thurmond basin is 3.7 inches.
August was the third wettest month of the year so far at Thurmond. The wettest month was July, with a recorded 9.6 inches. The second wettest was February with 6.9 inches.
The Russell sub-basin ranked similar to Thurmond for August rainfall. It received 6.2 inches, or 170.7 percent of normal. August was also the third wettest month of the year at Russell. July was the wettest (10 inches) and June was the second wettest (6.5 inches).
The National Weather Service predicts that we will continue to see normal or above-average rainfall throughout the rest of the year. Most of the Southeast region has experienced wet conditions this year. In fact, the city of Greenville, S.C., has recorded 2013 as its wettest year so far on record (51 years).