More than two inch rainfall deficit in 2012

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 07:20 AM

FOREST CITY — The year ended in Rutherford County with a rainfall deficit of 2.41 inches, reported Brad Joyner at the Broad River Water Authority plant, off Union Road near Rutherfordton.

The annual rainfall total was 41.40 inches for 2012, less than the 43.81 inches in 2011, Joyner said Wednesday. 

The rainfall total for December 2012 was 4.67 inches, with 2.07 inches falling on Dec. 26, 2012.

There was less than an inch rain recorded in November 2012  which brought the deficit closer to the 2.41 inches in deficit.

The coldest days of the month were on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15  at 20 degrees; the warmest days of the month were Dec. 4 and  Dec. 5 at 74 degrees. 

The Broad River Water Authority collects weather data for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce, in cooperation with the National Weather Service, Regional Climate Centers and the National Climatic Data Center.

According to the North Carolina Drought Advisory, Rutherford County remains in a severe drought category, along with seven other North Carolina counties. There are 57 counties in a moderate drought category and 16 counties are abnormally dry. No counties are listed in the extreme or exceptional drought categories.