Macon seeing record rainfall in 2013; August second wettest in history

lfabian@macon.comAugust 30, 2013 

If Macon doesn’t see another drop of rain this year, 2013 will still be the eighth wettest year in its recorded history.

Bill Murphey, Georgia’s climatologist, does not see any reason to think the water spigot in the sky will abruptly turn off.

If the current trend holds, 2013 could break a record for rainfall, he said.

Adding the average amount of rainfall for September through December would give Macon about 70.30 inches. The current record annual rainfall was 67.80 inches in 1929, he said.

The 58.13 inches of rain that has fallen through Friday evening makes the first eight months of this year the wettest in the 120 years records have been kept for the city, Murphey said.

The community has been drenched with a surplus of 26.45 inches this year, more than 2 feet above normal rainfall of 31.68 inches.

The National Weather Service won’t have the official climate report for August rainfall until Sunday morning, but the second wettest finish is virtually guaranteed.

August 1928 was deluged with 20.52 inches, nearly twice the 10.20 inches of rain that fell through Friday evening.

It would take a tropical system parking over Middle Georgia all day Saturday to break the August record, Murphey said, and that’s not going to happen.

High school football fans know too well that a downpour Aug. 23 washed out some of the first games of the season last week.

The 2.11 inches collected at Middle Georgia Regional Airport broke the previous rainfall record for the date when 2.04 fell in 1969.

Murphey pulled another Macon record out of his climatological bag of records.

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is expected Saturday, but already Macon has seen the wettest climatological summer season to date with 29.44 inches from June 1 until Friday evening.

Meteorologists group together June, July and August as summer.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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