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Rain wasn't enough to quench drought

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POSTED: December 12, 2007 7:04 a.m.

PEACHTREE CITY -- The cities of Columbus and Rome were the big winners in the rain that fell on drought-starved Georgia.

Columbus in west Georgia got 2.56 inches of rain Monday. Rome in northwest Georgia got 1.21 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

"They got lucky," meteorologist Mike Leary said.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta area was not so lucky.

Rain and fog caused some problems for travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which got only .46 inches of rain.

But the rain had little effect on the drought that is parching the Southeast.

The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of rain Saturday night, with a 40 percent chance Sunday.

An analysis of federal data done by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows Lake Lanier, which supplies water to much of the Atlanta area, has about 108 days of stored water available.

And despite getting more rain than other parts of the state, Columbus maintained a rainfall deficit of 10 inches for the year. Rome is 22 inches below normal this year.

 

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