Lake Lanier is now about 8 feet below full pool. Still a long way to go, but we were within inches of setting a historical record low for the lake in December at over 20 feet below full pool.

12 additional feet since December? Not too shabby.

Here’s some stats on how momentous the 2009 wet winter/spring has been.

  • The last time we had a Jan/Feb/Mar month that had above average rainfall was in February 2006… until March of 2009 when we beat the average monthly rainfall by about 33%.
  • In 2006-08, we accumulated a roughly 30 inch deficit of rainfall in the area. In 2009, we’re just slightly below the pace for an average year.
  • To comprehend the severity of the drought, consider that the third and fourth driest March in the past 130+ years were in 2004 and 2007. The second driest September in history was 2005. The third driest June? 2008.

As always, click the “Current Lake Level” button on the right of the main page to get up-to-the minute stats on Lake Lanier.

My statistics for historical rainfall were found here. (I used the Atlanta numbers, although I suspect North Georgia’s are quite a bit lower).