March Rains Silence Drought

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ATLANTA — March rains have silenced the drought.

Atlanta will wrap up March with more than 9 inches of rain, which is nearly 4 inches above the monthly average. March is statistically our wettest month, so a wet winter water recharge period is great news in areas that were battling a drought.

Since the start of 2011, Atlanta now has a 1-inch rainfall surplus.

At the beginning of the month, metro Atlanta was in a moderate (level 1) drought on the U.S. drought monitor scale. Most of North Georgia was abnormally dry.

David Chandley, WSB-TV Rain Totals 3/31 Now, 31 days later, most of north Georgia is drought free, with only a sliver of metro Atlanta abnormally dry. The southern metro counties are still in a moderate drought, but streamflows and lake levels are all at or above normal.