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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

January 1, 2008

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.

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