Rainfall totals behind last year

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 2, 2015

Despite a somewhat wet September, rainfall totals are still low for the year, according to data collected by the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority.

In September, 10.48 inches of rain was recorded at the Yellow River on Hwy. 55, compared 4.92 inches in the same period last year. But year to date, only 44.74 inches of rain has fallen there, compared to 51.42 inches in the first nine months of 2014.

The Choc-Pea Authority this year also began measuring rainfall totals at the Yellow River on Hwy. 84. In September, 7.33 inches were recorded, and a total of 39.02 inches were recorded from February until September. February was the first data collection month there.

In a few areas of the watershed – which includes Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties – rainfall totals are ahead of last year.

But the collective monthly average of all gauges in the service area is 40.24 inches, compared to 45.12 inches last year.