Tag Archives: Savannah River Basin

Drought flow rates changed in February: here’s why

Many of our stakeholders have asked why outflow at Thurmond Dam recently increased from 3,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4,000 cfs. Let me answer those questions and perhaps shed some light on our operational process. First some background: … Continue reading

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January’s Rainfall was better – but more is needed for recovery

The first month of 2017 brought a welcome change in rainfall; all three sub-basins exceeded average precipitation for the first time in almost five months. Hartwell received 104 percent of normal rainfall; Russell, 115 percent of normal; and Thurmond cashed … Continue reading

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Forecasters see mixed signals leading into spring

In the first Water Resources Outlook of 2017, NOAA climatologists give their predictions for rainfall and the potential for drought recovery.

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Crystal ball not so crystal clear – 2017

Once again Balancing the Basin called on its old sage to make a prediction on the summer conditions at the Corps’ Savannah River reservoirs. His editors told him to keep it serious this year. Writing the 2016 version of this … Continue reading

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New arrivals push DO system closer to completion

Workers delivered four Speece cones to the downriver Dissolved Oxygen Injection System site, Dec. 14, 2016. The Speece cones, which are 22 feet tall, 12 feet in diameter at the base, and weigh more than 11 tons, force oxygen into … Continue reading

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Route to the Drought

A look back at 2016 provides insight into how the Savannah River Basin reached Drought Level 2 and the conditions we’ll need for a full recovery.

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No matter how slight, November’s rain a welcome sight

SAVANNAH, Ga – If not for three light days of rain in November, the Savannah River’s sub-basins would have none. For yet another month, Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond seemed to almost dodge showers.

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Rain continues to miss sub-basins in October

If October’s precipitation were words, this page would be blank. Last week Halloween came and went and the sub-basins tallied little more than a third of an inch for the month combined.

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Drought continues to dominate Southeast

The rain gauges throughout much of the Southeast have been parched … or in some cases flooded, depending on which side of the region you focus on. This month’s Water Resources Outlook by NOAA’s Southeast River Forecast Center focuses primarily … Continue reading

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A tale of 3 reservoirs

If August’s precipitation – the best of 2016 thus far – raised anyone’s hopes, September officially dashed them.

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