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:
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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