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Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 10:00am

Year On Track To Be 'Between Third And Fifth Wettest Of All Time' In Georgia

2013 will go down as one of the rainiest years in Georgia history, and the rainiest on record in Macon.

With still a few days to go, more than 70 inches of rain have fallen on the "heart of Georgia" in 2013, drowning Macon's previous record of just under 68 inches set in 1929.

Statewide though, the 1929 record of more than 66 inches is in no jeopardy, thanks to two hurricanes that dropped more than 20 inches each on east Georgia that year.

But this will still be one for books in Georgia as a whole, said State Climatologist Bill Murphey. "Based on what we've had with this past system which has been a pretty good gully washer, I could see us getting maybe somewhere between third and fifth wettest of all time."

"The third wettest is the (Hurricane) Alberto year, 1994 and that's 59.77 inches," he said. "Right now we're at 58.32 so we might could snag that one, get up to probably, maybe as high as third but I don't anticipate any higher than that."

This "gully washer" of a year came on the heels of a historic two-year drought. Some farmers said they preferred it dry — you can always add water through irrigation, but you can never take it away.