I thought it was a good time to take a look at the rainfall we've had lately as well as what we are expected to have during the upcoming period, so let's look at the past first.
The image on the left shows the rainfall totals across the southeast over the last 7 days, and the images below shows what the past 30 days looks like.
The image on the left is the 30 day total rainfall, the image in the center is the precipitation anomaly or how much over the normal values that we've received, and the image to the right shows the percentage above normal.
A look at the data from the Southeast Regional Climate Center shows a few places across north Georgia above normal and a few slightly below. The image on the right is a ranking of wettest to driest. The green numbers are rankings in the 10 ten wettest for the period.
As you can see from the images above, we are generally running a little above normal for rainfall over the last four weeks and that's a good thing, as much of Georgia has been under some level of drought conditions for a while now. The new Drought Monitor report that was released today shows that some areas in Georgia have had a reduction in the drought levels since last weeks report. The D2-D4 levels dropped about 11% from last week, and are now covering about 11% of the state versus 22% previously. This time last year 20% of Georgia was at the D2-D4 level.
Here's a look at the report from last week (left) and today (right) and you can find these maps and more here:
So on to the recent rainfall. The first image shows the rainfall for the last 24 hours and you can see that we've had a generous amount of rain in many places across north Georgia. The last 7 days rainfall has been well above normal for this time of year and amounts to 200-400% above normal.
And we're not done! Rainfall this weekend may be heavy and due to all the rainfall over the last 7 days, we may be looking at some flash flooding potential over the weekend due to excessive runoff. Here's a look at the rainfall potential for the weekend from the Atlanta NWS office.
But it doesn't stop there, rain chances will continue into next week, and here's a look at the Weather Prediction Center's (WPC) forecast for the next 7 days, every 12 hours.
Enjoy the warm rainy weather because it's not like we have a say in what happens. :-)