The specter of March’s dry spell extended into April, hanging over the basin like a … well, definitely not a rain cloud anyway. The sub-basins struggled throughout the month and delivered below their averages.
Thurmond, which collected 2.6 inches, edged out Hartwell’s take by one tenth of an inch, while Russell just cleared the not-so-impressive 2 inch mark. Russell and Thurmond normally average 3.6 inches and Hartwell, 4.6.
If not for such a strong showing near the end of 2015, the basin might be in a different situation. In fact, with the exception of Russell in February, where it received 4.17 inches (its average is 4.18), none of the sub-basins have reached its average since the start of 2016.
In the past two years the sub-basins have had patchy starts at the beginning of the year but normally rebounded by April.
So as this dry trend continues, will the responsibility fall on May showers to bring May flowers? And further, who will pollinate those flowers?
NOAA’s meteorologists are still calling it a 50-50 shot for either above or below average rainfall this summer, so I’m pretty sure the answer to both questions is a lot of maybes.
~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office