Rain­fall helps out Ge­or­gia cities

Rome re­ceives the big­gest down­pour

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS -

PEACHTREE CITY — The cities of Colum­bus and Rome were the big win­ners in the rain that fell on drought- starved Ge­or­gia.

Colum­bus in west Geor- gia got 2.56 inches of rain Mon­day. Rome in north­west Ge­or­gia got 1.21 inches, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Peachtree City.

“ They got lucky,” me­te­o­rol­o­gist Mike Leary said.

Mean­while, the At­lanta area was not so lucky.

Rain and fog caused some prob­lems for trav­el­ers at Harts­field- Jack­son At­lanta In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which got only .46 inches of rain.

But the rain had lit­tle ef­fect on the drought that is parch­ing the South­east.

The fore­cast calls for a 20 per­cent chance of rain Satur­day night, with a 40 per­cent chance Sun­day.

An anal­y­sis of fed­eral data done by The At­lanta Jour- nal- Con­sti­tu­tion shows Lake Lanier, which sup­plies wa­ter to much of the At­lanta area, has about 108 days of stored wa­ter avail­able.

And de­spite get­ting more rain than other parts of the state, Colum­bus main­tained a rain­fall deficit of 10 inches for the year. Rome is 22 inches be­low nor­mal this year.

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