The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

31 December 2007

Dust Bowl East

It's been raining in Atlanta, and lately, that qualifies as news:

After a fourth consecutive day of rain Sunday, 2007 barely missed becoming Atlanta's driest year on record. That dubious honor goes to 1954, when only 31.80 inches of rain fell.

Atlanta is at the center of a historic drought that has engulfed more than one-third of the Southeast. The affected region includes most of Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, as well as parts of Kentucky and Virginia.

In yet another example of Life Is Not Fair, this is the rainiest year ever recorded in Oklahoma City, and by rather a large margin at that. State reservoirs are nicely full these days. However, the aquifers haven't gotten much of a recharge out of all this, suggesting that we would be wise not to act like all our water problems have been solved.

Posted at 3:26 PM to Weather or Not