Annual rainfall totals decline

Published 12:32 am Wednesday, February 1, 2012

River levels are up at Yellow River on Ala. Hwy 55.

If January’s rain total is any indication of how this year is going to be, farmers could be facing another drought year.

According to data provided by the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authorities, Covington County, more specifically the meter at Yellow River Bridge, which only recorded 3.92 inches this past month.

That figure is down from 4.68 inches in January 2011 and 7.76 inches in January 2010.

Covington County finished 2011 with rainfall totals down slightly from 2010’s overall figures at 43.80 total inches compared to 45.64 the previous year.

But the good news could be that, Yellow River has been as high as 8 feet in the last few days and on Tuesday morning was 7 feet, according to ChocPea reports.

In April 2011, the river was at 3.37 feet.

Don Haige of the ChocPea said the river is normally between 5.5 feet and 6 feet.

River levels are up at Yellow River on Ala. Hwy 55.

February may start out on the right track with a forecast predicting rainfall.

National Weather Service forecasters are calling for a 70 percent chance of rain today and a 50 percent chance tonight.

The chance of rain will return on Friday with a 30 percent during the day and into the night.

Saturday, forecasters are predicting a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The chance decreases to 30 percent Sunday and to 20 percent on Sunday night and Monday.