June showers make up for May’s wilted flowers

You know that feeling when you take a sip of ice cold water and you can feel it go all the way down your esophagus? That was last week after the unbearably dry month of May.

It was so dry for the Savannah River Basin (“How dry was it?!”) that each of the sub-basins surpassed their monthly totals for May in just the first full weekend in June alone.

It was so dry that the Savannah River Basin popped up as a possible match on the Sahara Desert’s Tinder (She swiped left).

It was so dry … (insert your own dad joke here, it is Father’s Day this weekend, after all).

All jokes aside, Thurmond led the sub-basins with a *whopping* 2.5 inches (compared to its 3.7-inch average) in May, while Russell and Hartwell picked up a shabby 2.3 and 2.1 inches (on their 3.7- and 4.6-inch averages, respectively).

But that’s all behind us now as Mother Nature turned on the faucet and has already dumped enough rainfall to exceed June’s monthly average at Hartwell and Thurmond. All that with more than two full weeks left in the month.

So far Hartwell has received 4.8 inches (versus its 4.7-inch average), while Thurmond has collected 4.7 inches (compared to its 3.8-inch average). Russell is sitting at 3.5 inches – well within striking distance of its 3.8-inch average for June.

Looking ahead to the rest of the summer, all three reservoirs are sittin’ pretty and are projected to be at or above full pool through August, according to the 10-week projections from last week.

And with a gift like that from Mother Nature last week, we’re not even asking for anything  for Father’s Day this year.

~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office

About U.S. 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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