Winter’s momentum masks March’s mums

The Savannah River Basin has been posting some impressive stats in the past six months, but last month was not one of them.

March, which normally collects the most rainfall on average, fell exceedingly short.

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

About US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multimillion dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina. We also manage water resources across the Coastal Georgia region, including maintenance dredging of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; operation of three hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along the upper Savannah River; and administration of an extensive stream and wetland permitting and mitigation program within the state of Georgia. Follow us on Twitter @SavannahCorps and on Facebook.com/SavannahCorps
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