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Monday, December 14, 2009 - 9:19am

Columbus Rain Tops Record

Months of rain have not only ended the drought, they've broken a record in one of Georgia's major cities. Starting in March rains began to loosen the grip of a two year drought across the state. By June, Governor Sonny Perdue declared the drought over. Lakes and reservoirs that were empty a year ago are now full.
Right now cities like Atlanta, Athens and Macon are all above average for precipitation, but one place is a clear winner according to State Climatologist, David Stooksbury.
"Columbus wins the crown. For the past 365 days Columbus has received 155% of normal rainfall."
Over the weekend Columbus broke a yearly rainfall record set back in 1964.
Stooksbury says other cities could follow Columbus. He says an El Nino weather pattern is responsible for the cold, wet weather. It should last through March, increasing chances of floods, tornado's and ice storms.