SAVANNAH, Ga. – The momentum the Savannah River Basin had been building in 2017 came to an abrupt halt last month when the sub-basins registered abysmal levels of rainfall.
Hartwell collected a mere 0.81 inches – the lowest for November since records have been kept (1948).
That is an excruciatingly small amount considering we’re still recovering from the drought and that Hartwell averages 4.52 inches in November.
Russell and Thurmond posted slightly better results with 1.27 and 1.34 inches on their 3.54- and 3.32-inch averages, respectively.
However, both were among the bottom 10 for worst monthly rainfall in November.
While we have received above average rain for six of the 11 months in 2017, we’re still working to overcome the deficit the most recent drought created.
The good news is that the rainy season is just around the corner and the rainfall we do get has a greater chance of translating into higher reservoir levels.
Bottom line: We still need rain.
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~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office