Wrapping Up 2012 and Starting 2013 Wet!
A good soaking rain is on the way tonight through Tuesday, and that means you will definitely need some rain gear for New Year’s Eve! Rain begins in The Shoals, Russellville, and Waynesboro as early as 8:00 PM, and it will spread east through the late part of the evening. In fact, by midnight steady light or moderate showers should be covering the entire Tennessee Valley as we ring in 2013; the same goes for Nashville, Birmingham, and Memphis!
The heavier rain should arrive in the overnight hours dumping as much as two inches of rain on parts of Northwest Alabama by midday Tuesday:
This is a good, beneficial, soaking kind of rain that we need! Mother Nature was not too generous with rainfall in the 2012, so we will take what we can get. Here are some of the year-end statistics for the Tennessee Valley; remember that awful stretch of hot, dry weather in June and July that finally broke with some rain on Independence Day?
- Huntsville’s 2012 Statistics:
- Hottest Temp: 106º on June 29
- Coldest Temp: 19º on February 12
- Rainfall (Not including 12/31): 52.21″ (1.97″ below average)
- Muscle Shoals’ 2012 Statistics:
- Hottest Temp: 107º on June 29 and 30
- Coldest Temp: 19º on January 3
- Rainfall (Not including 12/31): 42.97″ (10.08″ below average)
- Decatur’s 2012 Statistics:
- Hottest Temp: 105º on June 29
- Coldest Temp: 19º on January 3 and February 12
- Rainfall (Not including 12/31): 49.98″ (about 4 inches below expectations)
Most of Alabama and Tennessee are running significant rainfall deficits for 2012 compared to “normal;” however, since we have had recent significant rain, we are not in a technical state of drought at this time. “Drought” occurs when a rainfall deficit causes adverse effects on agriculture or human water consumption; since we are not having any drought-related problems around here right now, we are not considered to be in one even though most of North Alabama and Southern Tennessee will end 2012 3 to 10 inches below the average rainfall:
The outlook for the first part of 2013 looks rather wet; rainfall should be near or just above normal for January, February, and March. How it comes to us is a totally different story!
Here’s to a wet New Year!