Time to Refigure Average Rainfall?

ATLANTA (AP) - The state climatologist says it may be time to
recalculate average rainfall in north Georgia because of its
persistent drought.

Normal rainfall in Atlanta has been considered to be at least 50 inches a year, but the meaning of "normal might have changed.

Climatologist David Stooksbury, a University of Georgia professor, says that starting in 1979, the Southeast got less rain than during the preceding three decades.

In fact, for eight of the last 11 years, Atlanta has recorded less than 50 inches.

Stooksbury says for many, "the reference point is that period between the end of World War II and the late 70s. If we look at that period climatically, that was an abnormal period abnormally wet."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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