November rainfall close to average

In the final days of November a welcome relief of rain fell throughout the upper basin, bringing rainfall for the month nearly to average for Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond.

Hartwell received more than three inches Nov. 26 and 27, bringing the total for the month to 4.3 inches – just two tenths of an inch short of average. On the same two days, Thurmond experienced a little less than two inches for a monthly total of 2.7 inches, which is about a half inch short of average.


Despite the drying soil from recent deficits, this rain event demonstrated how responsive the reservoirs can be to moderate rainfall in cooler weather. Indeed, this single event changed the projection. This new projection assumes a return to 80 percent of normal rainfall for Thurmond and 100 percent of normal for Hartwell, through February. See the recent projection for Hartwell and Thurmond below:

Projection chart

Since Hartwell got the most rain, we plan to move some of the water from Hartwell down to Thurmond to rebalance the pools in the coming weeks.

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About U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multimillion dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina. We also manage water resources across the Coastal Georgia region, including maintenance dredging of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; operation of three hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along the upper Savannah River; and administration of an extensive stream and wetland permitting and mitigation program within the state of Georgia. Follow us on Twitter @SavannahCorps and on
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