Savannah weather records record rainfall; most since 1995
Hurricane season is off to a slow start in Savannah, but storm season is in full swing.
Savannah saw the most August rainfall since 1995, according to National Weather Service data. The 8.31 inches of rainfall far exceeded the norm of 5.46 inches. Additionally, some parts of Savannah received significantly more rain than others – the 8.31 inches was measured at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. The Hunter Army Airfield gauge measured 14 inches of rain.
The forecast for Labor Day weekend calls for several more inches of rain.
August’s rainfall was the highest since September 2021, when Savannah recorded 9 inches of rain, including 6.66 inches in one day. The last wetter August was in 1995, when the region was inundated with 17 inches of rain, including 12 inches over a four-day period and 5.75 inches over a single day.
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What about hurricanes?
Recent wet weather is a constant reminder that the Southeast is in the early stages of the 2022 hurricane season. Yet for the first time in a quarter-century, August passed without a named storm in Atlantic.
On Thursday, however, a tropical depression strengthened and became Tropical Storm Danielle. The system is not expected to threaten the United States and is heading north in the mid-Atlantic.
Local hurricane expert Chuck Watson, a hazard researcher who publishes a go-to blog at blogenkiops.wordpress.com, credits a pool of persistent dry air over the mid-Atlantic with limited activity so far. now this year. He warns drier air can mean stronger storms, pointing to 1992’s Hurricane Andrew, the rare Category 5 hurricane to hit the United States.
Watson’s ideas are echoed by his peers. Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach warns that “the remarkably quiet period of Atlantic tropical cyclones is likely to end soon.”
Atlantic hurricane forecasts continue to call for above-normal activity, with 14 to 20 named storms predicted. Federal Emergency Management Agency head Deanne Criswell encouraged coastal residents not to “let their guard down”.
“This is especially important as we enter peak hurricane season – the next Ida or Sandy could still be waiting,” Chiswell said.