Have you had enough rain this year? If not, you're in luck, if so... your only option is to move! :-)
The extended forecast shows several very vigorous systems traversing our area over the next two weeks, and the models are showing those systems dropping rain in buckets over us, dumping almost a foot of rainfall. While these amounts will no doubt change, all the models show a very wet period coning up, and even the latest maps from the HPC are showing almost 4" of rainfall over the next 5 days. We still need the rain, but a foot of rain will cause major flooding issues if it comes to fruition.
The rainfall that we had last week has put a major dent in the drought situation in Georgia. Statewide, the most serious level of drought, D4 or Exceptional, went from 2.46 percent coverage to 0.00 percent while the next level, D3 (Extreme) went from 11.72 percent to 7.97 percent. The latest drought maps can be found here: http://www.daculaweather.com/4_drought_state.php
Lake Lanier is currently sitting at approximately 1,065 feet and we would ideally like to see it around 1,071 feet before summer, and hopefully over the next several weeks we can get very close to that summer pool level. You can view information about Lanier and other Georgia lakes here.
For those of you that plant gardens, the Crop Moisture Index shows North Georgia to be very wet right now, and most likely only going to get worse (or better, depending on how you look at it!). This link contains that map, 2nd to the bottom.
If we can't get snow, we will most certainly get rain, and lots of it, so keep your umbrella and your boat ready!
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