More On Georgia's Dry Weather
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
Georgia's Dry Weather
GA Rainfall for May 2016
Despite a forecast for
widespread precipitation from Tropical Storm Colin, parts of Georgia remain
very dry. Here's more from UGA's Pam Knox on the the dry conditions.
May brings drought in
north Georgia, heavy rain in Savannah
By Pam Knox UGA
In May 2016, most of Georgia
suffered from a lack of rainfall, while record-setting rain fell in Savannah,
Georgia. Drought conditions expanded statewide, and severe drought returned to
the northwest corner of Georgia by the end of last month.
In the dry areas of the state,
pastures, livestock and summer row crops suffered due to this lack of rainfall.
Some farmers were waiting for rain to finish planting their dryland crops, and
many corn farmers relied on irrigation to keep their crops healthy during the
In central Georgia and the
coast, where wet conditions occurred, some fungal diseases were observed.
According to National Weather
Service stations, the highest monthly total rainfall was 8.99 inches in
Savannah, 6.01 inches above normal. The lowest monthly total rainfall was 0.78
inches in Albany, Georgia, 1.91 inches below normal.
Atlanta received 1.25 inches of
rainfall, 2.42 inches below normal.
Athens, Georgia, received 2.49
inches, 0.51 inches below normal.
Columbus, Georgia, received 2.51
inches, 0.68 inches below normal.
Macon, Georgia, received 1.96
inches, 0.76 inches below normal.
Augusta, Georgia, received 5.71
inches, 3.06 inches above normal.
Alma, Georgia, received 3.34
inches, 0.87 inches above normal.
Brunswick, Georgia, received
1.68 inches, 0.18 inches below normal.
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What does this mean for
GGIA encourages our members to be familiar with current water
rules and to incorporate them into your planning. Setting a customer's
irrigation clock? Do yourself and them a favor and make sure they will be
watering during permitted periods. By clicking here
you can access the full rules as published by Georgia EPD. There are also
highlights of the rules below.
The Georgia Water Stewardship
Act went into effect statewide on June 2, 2010. It allows
daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or
maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only between the hours
of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. by anyone whose water is supplied by a water
system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division.
The following outdoor water uses
also are allowed daily at any time of the day by anyone:
- Commercial agricultural
operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3;
- Capture and reuse of
cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable
local ordinances and state guidelines;
- Reuse of gray water in
compliance with Code Section 31-3-5.2 and applicable local board of health
regulations adopted pursuant thereto;
- Use of reclaimed waste
water by a designated user from a system permitted by the Environmental
Protection Division of the department to provide reclaimed waste water;
- Irrigation of personal
- Irrigation of new and
replanted plant, seed, or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf
fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately
following the date of installation;
- Drip irrigation or
irrigation using soaker hoses;
- Handwatering with a hose
with automatic cutoff or handheld container;
- Use of water withdrawn
from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of
property if such well or surface water is on said property;
- Irrigation of
horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or installation;
- Irrigation of athletic
fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas;
maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems; or