As the coronavirus brought the world to a halt the last two months, another force of nature refused to slow down: rainfall along the Savannah River Basin.
The basin continued its above-average climb as spring began its full swing.
With the exception of the Hartwell sub-basin in March, which was 0.3 inches below average, each of the sub-basins received more than 1 inch (and in some cases 2+ inches) above average for the past two months.
In April, Hartwell collected 6.7 inches (compared to its 4.7-inch average), while Russell and Thurmond got 5.8 and 6.2 inches compared to their 3.7-inch averages, respectively.
Russell and Thurmond hauled in almost exactly the same amount the previous month (5.6 and 6.1, respectively), but they average about an inch more (4.8 and 4.6, respectively) in March.
As we have mentioned in the past, the timing of the rainfall is sometimes more important than the amount.
As you can see from last month’s Doppler snapshot for Thurmond below, we received about 1.4 inches April 12-13, followed by a similar event April 18-19 (~1.4 inches again), which was capped by a 2.3-inch event April 29-30.
The fact that we had a solid wet season puts the basin in a prime position as the recreation season gears up. I know what you’re thinking: What difference does that make if campgrounds and day-use areas are closed and only certain boat ramps are open?!
Well, we’re working on it. Our rangers and recreation personnel are missing their time outside, engaging with the public as much as everyone else. We expect to have updated information for the status of our facilities in the coming weeks.
Looking ahead, as our hydrologist friends at the Southeastern River Forecast Center routinely do in their Water Resources Outlook, we can expect these above normal precipitation trends to continue.
Here’s hoping that when everyone can safely return to a more “normal” outdoor routine, the weather will cooperate, too.
~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office