ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia climatologists are re-thinking the way they calculate rainfall averages.
Especially in drought-stricken North Georgia.
Normal rainfall in the Atlanta area has been around 50 inches, but experts say the meaning of normal may have changed, and it's time to refigure what average is.
Starting in 1979 the southeastern United States got less rain than during the preceding three decades, but our area's drought isn't as bad as others.
"We've had several tropical systems to bring us significant rainfall over the past year or so, for South Georgia we've been in a prime location in terms of replenishing that water which has been lost so we don't have the extreme drought conditions like north Georgia," Yolanda Amadeo, WALB AMS Meteorologist.
For eight of the past 11 years, Atlanta has recorded fewer that 50 inches of rainfall per year.
The passenger of a car that caught on fire Friday morning is OK. A woman said she was driving to work on GA Highway 300 when she took the Slappey Boulevard South exit.More >>
Rain is expected over the weekend and one major concern right now is falling trees. The moist ground after weeks of dry weather making tree susceptible to toppling over.More >>
Messy weather over the Memorial Day weekend has state troopers concerned. wet roadways and heavy travel can be deadly. Georgia State Patrol is telling drivers to turn around so you don't drown.More >>
Several South Georgia school have announced that they are moving their graduation ceremonies indoors as wet weather heads into the area.More >>
The first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season makes its debut before the season officially begins.More >>