An afternoon thunder shower dumped more than an inch of rain in the Columbus area Wednesday afternoon but the city is still facing a deficit of almost 2 inches for the month of November, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.
“We like to tell people that it will take a good handful of really big events or a lot of little events,” said Laura Belanger, of the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City. “This would fall under more of a small event. The good thing is that it’s still rain. We are making a positive headway here.”
Belanger said the city had 1.06 inches by 4 p.m. Wednesday and 1.10 on Tuesday, giving the city 2.16 inches over the last two days and the month. “It’s looking like we should be normally around 4.1 inches,” she said of the monthly total. “We will still end the month behind schedule on the rainfall.”
To end the drought, the city needs about three consecutively months of above normal rainfall.
Ron Smith, assistant director of Public Works, said crews were on the streets working but there has been no significant amount of water on streets.
“There may be a little water on streets here and there,” he said. “I don’t know of anything of any significance.”
It’s too soon to determine whether the rainfall is enough to rescind a ban on outdoor burning in Muscogee County, said Fire Marshal Ricky Shores of the Columbus Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
“What we plan to do is wait and see what kind of rain totals we get after the storm system passes through,” Shores said. “We’ll talk with Georgia Forestry and get their opinion on it and will re-evaluate the burn ban. I don’t anticipate it being rescinded just yet because we have to see how much precipitation the ground actually held. I hate to pull it off and put it back on again. We are going to take a good hard look at it .”
No rainfall is in the forecast for Thursday with lows in the upper 30s and a high of 63 degrees, Belanger said. The next chance for rainfall is on Friday. “We’ve got some decent chances for rain over the weekend and into next week,” she said.