2013 will go down as the wettest year in Toccoa since 2009.
In calendar year 2013, downtown Toccoa received 84.04 inches of precipitation.
That is over 30 inches more precipitation than Toccoa received in 2012, when downtown Toccoa received 50.05 inches of rain.
The 2013 rainfall amount in downtown Toccoa also tops the 46.43 inches received in 2011 and the 53.25 inches of precipitation that Toccoa saw in 2010.
This year’s rainfall total comes up just short, however, of the 2009 total of 86.10 inches of precipitation
The state of Georgia is also off to a better start on the rainfall front entering 2014 than it was entering 2013.
According to the final U.S. Drought Monitor of 2013, only just over 28 percent of the state, mainly in east-central and southeast Georgia, was considered “abnormally dry.”
That is a much different picture than the state faced at the start of the year, when 98 percent of the state was either “abnormally dry” or in some form of drought conditions.
At this time a year ago, Stephens County was in moderate drought.
However, this year, Stephens County is not facing any dry or drought conditions at the current time.