Over the weekend, a low pressure system dumped 4.24" of rain on Atlanta, Georgia. A total of 3.40 inches of that fell on Saturday, making it not only a daily record for that date, but also Atlanta’s 6th heaviest May calendar day rain storm since record keeping began in 1878. Let’s put this in perspective…. In May, Atlanta averages 3.66” of rain. This May, we took in 4.28” in just the first 5 days!
However, as you recall, just a year ago, Georgia was under a drought. An extreme drought. Not anymore. You can see the current drought monitor (image above), followed by the drought monitor from the first week in January. Quite a difference! Next to those you see all the counties that were under flood warnings (bright green color).
Many creeks and lakes felt the impact of the heavy rains. Chatuge Lake, Lake Burton, and Lake Oconee were all less than 1 foot below flood stage when they crested early Monday morning.