2009 marked the end of the drought years, as rainfall returned to normal in the spring. Worries about whether Lake Lanier would ever return to full pool evaporated during a 500 year flood event the weekend of September 20-22. After recording an inch of rain per day for the previous two days, I recorded 7.77 inches of rain on September 21st. Continued above normal rain in October left Atlanta with a 19.23 inch surplus for the year.
While not as dry as 2007, 2008 continued the third year of North Georgia's drought, especially in the northeast part of the state. For example, Athens recorded almost three inches less rainfall than Atlanta, despite being only 60 miles to the east. Columbus and Macon actually ran a surplus for the year. June was the driest month for Atlanta, with only 0.58 inches of rainfall. That, combined with extremely warm temperatures, increased the effect of the drought at the start of the summer.
2007 will be remembered as one of the driest years ever recorded for North Georgia. With a total of 31.85 inches of rain in Atlanta, or 18.35 inches below normal, 2007 was the second driest ever recorded. Every month except for June and December recorded less than normal rainfall.
May turned out to be the driest ever for Georgia as a whole. 2007 was the fourth driest year ever recorded for the state. As a result of the drought, streamflows and lake levels declined to once a century levels, and in October, the Georgia EPD declared Level Four watering restrictions, banning virtually all outdoor water use.
On the whole, 2006 weather was warm and dry. After a relatively normal start to the year, the period from March through July brought below normal rainfall throughout much of Georgia. Some areas saw a wet August, and the precipitation pattern for the last third of the year was normal to slightly below normal.
As a result, much of North Georgia saw a considerable rainfall deficit for the year, except for Atlanta, and even it recorded 1.55 fewer inches of rain than normal. Atlanta (and more specifically the rain gauge at Hartsfield Airport) benefited from summer thunderstorms and heavy rain from Alberto. For example, Atlanta got 3.72 inches of rain on August 31st, their wettest day of the year; while here in Lawrenceville, I recorded less than an inch.
The summer of 2005 turned out to be the wettest on record for west Georgia. Both Columbus and Atlanta recorded the highest precipitation amounts ever for the three month period from June through August, largly due to tropical weather from hurricanes Cindy, Dennis, and Katrina.
Despite a lower than normal June rainfall of 2.91 inches, Atlanta recorded 14.63 inches of rain in July (the second wettest July ever), and 8.28 inches in August, making for a summer total of 25.82 inches, or more than half of what you would expect for the entire year. Columbus had 8.8 inches of rain in June, 9.38 inches in July and 6.5 inches in August for a record total of 24.68 inches, and its wettest summer ever.
The National Weather Service 2009 Climate Summary for North and Central Georgia has more detailed information on North Georgia's weather during the year. Additional reports are available for 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003.
2010 Monthly Rainfall Totals for North Georgia
2009 Monthly Rainfall Totals for North Georgia
2008 Monthly Rainfall Totals for North Georgia
2007 Monthly Rainfall Totals for North Georgia
2006 Monthly Rainfall Totals for North Georgia
2005 Monthly Rainfall Totals for North Georgia
Just for the record, here are some recent annual rainfall totals:
Monthly Rainfall Averages for Athens and Atlanta
About Lawrenceville Weather
The weather data you see on this site comes from readings taken at my home, near Brookwood High School and the intersection of Five Forks Trickum Road and Ronald Reagan Parkway in Lawrenceville, Georgia. I've always been interested in both the weather and computers. Several years ago, I purchased a weather station from Radio Shack, and mounted it on the roof. Unfortunately, the squirrels got to the wiring, and it eventually stopped working.
I then purchased an Oregon Scientific WMR-968 wireless weather station. This gave me the advantage of being able to place the sensors wherever I wanted them to be. To display the data on the computer, I purchased Ambient Software's Virtual Weather Station. This software also provides the graphs and data for the website.
In 2004, I upgraded the system to a wireless Davis Instruments Vantage Pro. The advantages of this system are that it is more precise than the Oregon Scientific unit, and it contains memory to continue to log weather data if the power should fail or the computer locks up. Also in 2004, I took advantage of new data provided by the National Weather Service to create the quick forecast on the home page, and the hour-by-hour forecast page.
In 2006, I decided to add more weather graphics to the site, with pages for current conditions and the national forecast, watches and warnings, and Georgia Radar. These graphics are produced by a third-party provider.
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The data you see on this website should not be used for making critical decisions, particularly in emergencies, or hazardous weather conditions. Why is this? First of all, the readings I take at my house may not be 100% accurate. This is not, after all, a professional weather station. For example, my property is in a wooded area, and the trees can prevent accurate wind speed readings. If my automatic sprinkler system comes on, the humidity will go way up, which won't reflect reality (except in my yard).
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