Macon area gets almost 1.5 inches of rain

Your backyard rain gauge may have indicated otherwise, but the National Weather Service says the Macon area received about 1.4 inches of rain since Tuesday morning.

"We've had rainfall reports from little to about 3 inches" across the midstate, said Laura Griffith, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Peachtree City. " Some areas got stronger storms, more or less."

Plains, for example, recorded 2.37 inches during the storm system that passed through.

The rain provided welcome relief for parched yards and gardens, but the Macon area is still down 3.83 inches from norms for the year to date, Griffith said.

"We're still meeting drought criteria," Griffith said.

Parts of the midstate were under a tornado watch until noon.

Skies across Middle Georgia are expected to clear this afternoon and remain dry through Saturday before a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms returns in the forecast Sunday.