Every day as I pack up to go home I remind myself: This is not normal.
In my limited experience in the Southeast, summer is time to put away your raincoats and umbrellas, not curse yourself for leaving them in the car (again).
Last month Russell and Thurmond exceeded their averages by about an inch (5.2 and 5.1, respectively, versus their 4.2-inch averages) while Hartwell, at 5 inches, was just one-tenth of an inch shy of its average.
What’s more, within just the first week of August, Hartwell and Thurmond are already at 83 percent and 70 percent of their averages for the month, while Russell has collected a solid 57 percent.
If these numbers persist, they could definitely break a record for August, which currently sits at 10 inches for Hartwell and Russell, and 8 inches for Thurmond.
The Savannah River Basin has seen some extremely wet summers in recent years (though definitely not the past two years) – most notably in 2013 where each of the sub-basins recorded all-time records for July with 13.5 (Hartwell), 10 (Russell) and 9.5 inches (Thurmond).
Although we’re on par in the first week, it might be too early to call it a wet August.
Still, looking at the full pools, even with afternoon clouds overhead and my raincoat in the car, I see little reason to complain.
~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office