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Published on June 25th, 2013 |

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2013 rainfall so far already surpasses all of 2012

The year is not quite half over, but the thunderstorm that dumped .64 inch of rain into Atlanta’s official rain gauge at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Monday afternoon pushed the city’s rainfall total for the year to 37.18 inches, surpassing the 37.03 inches of rain here in all of 2012.

Atlanta’s average yearly rainfall through July 24 is 23.71 inches. So, if you think 2013 has been an exceptionally wet year so far, you are right.

Last year at this time, Atlanta was right at a rainfall deficit for the first six months of nearly 5 inches. Lake Lanier was about 7 feet below full pool and went on to be 15 feet below full pool by December.

Now, Lake Lanier’s level is about a foot above full pool, 8 feet above the same time last year. Lake Allatoona, the metro area’s second largest reservoir, is right at full pool.

And the rain is predicted to just keep coming.

There’s a 50/50 chance of more rain today (mostly this evening), and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday through Friday, according to the Channel 2 Action News forecast. The risk of rain then climbs to 40 percent Saturday.

How hot will it be? Highs this week will be mostly in the upper 80s, and lows in the low 70s.

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