Macon sets rainfall record

pramati@macon.comDecember 23, 2013 

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Macon’s rain-gauge readings will never rival those of the Pacific Northwest, but the city broke an 84-year-old record Monday for the most rain in one year.

Macon has received 70.37 inches of rain so far in 2013, bettering the old mark of 67.80 inches set in 1929, according to the National Weather Service,

Macon surpassed the record between midnight and 7 a.m., reaching 68.71 inches. Thanks to 1.66 inches of rain for the day, the total rose to 70.37 inches late Monday afternoon.

But the spigot is shutting, with little chance of rain until New Year’s Day.

A cold snap is coming. Macon will see overnight temperatures dip into the 20s Christmas Eve and Christmas night, forecaster Alex Gibbs said.

The midstate needed the rain this year, since drought conditions have dominated weather patterns for several of the past few years. Macon had just 32.41 inches of rain in 2012, so the 2013 total has more than doubled that total.

Macon had already set a record earlier this year, with 40.92 inches of rain for the first six months of the year.

Much of the new mark was set because February and June each had record precipitation. Macon got a whopping 12.87 inches of rain in February and 12.25 in June. It also saw 10.70 inches in August before suddenly turning dry, Gibbs said.

“Looking at the rainfall, it shut off in August,” he said. “It was an extremely dry September and October.”

Things picked up with an average November of 3.37 inches, while December has seen 6.50 inches of rain through Monday.

Macon averaged 45.68 inches of rain from 1981-2010.

Despite the wet 2013, Gibbs said 2014 looks to be a dry year, with above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation from January to March predicted.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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