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.
The drier conditions lately have been a welcome change for people across the state, especially those whose business depends on the weather. A small group of workers shoveled dirt recently on either side of a newly-poured sidewalk inside a new subdivision in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. It was a rare event; for most of the year they’ve been shoveling mud.
Georgia has seen unusually high rainfall totals this year and that could lead to unusually high food prices later this fall. According to University of Georgia Agricultural Climatologist Pam Knox, many farmers are behind schedule because of the wet conditions.
Official readings from some of south Georgia’s rivers and streams are confirming the severity and deepening of the drought. Brian McCallum with the U.S. Geological Survey says in readings taken from southwest Georgia’s Flint River basin to the lower Ocmulgee, to connecting streams and tributaries, “we are now reaching historic levels, and if we do not get rainfall, it is going to get much worse.”