The Savannah River Basin has been posting some impressive stats in the past six months, but last month was not one of them.
Thurmond notched just over two inches (2.36), which was its seventh worst showing in the past 71 years. The sub-basin averages 4.6 inches in March.
Russell received 2.8 inches while Hartwell “boasted” 3.8 inches versus their 4.7- and 5.7-inch averages, respectively.
(Russell and Hartwell’s numbers were slightly less abysmal than Thurmond, each ranking 13th from their worst March rainfall tallies.)
One bright side to this sub-par performance is that the previous five months created so much momentum such that a single bad month feels more like a hiccup than a punch to the throat.
Further, in just the first 11 days April’s showers have already brought Russell and Thurmond close to 50 percent of their monthly averages, while Hartwell is chugging along at about 37 percent.
And the seven-day forecast is hinting at another 1 to 4 inches between now and Thursday.
Although I’m no meteorologist, I’d say we stand a good chance of making the average this month and getting back on track for the summer recreation season.
~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office