Rainfall Up in Toccoa in 2012

Toccoa saw more rainfall in 2012 than it did in 2011.

A look at the final rainfall statistics for last year shows that downtown Toccoa received 50.05 inches of rain during calendar year 2012.

That is more than three and a half inches more rain than Toccoa received in 2011, when 46.43 inches of precipitation fell in downtown Toccoa.

The final 2012 rainfall total does not quite equal the total 2010 precipitation of 53.25 inches and comes nowhere near the 86.10 inches of precipitation that downtown Toccoa received in 2009.

However, it is almost equal to the final 2008 precipitation total of 50.14 inches in downtown Toccoa.

Meanwhile, 2013 is off to a wet start, as downtown Toccoa has already recorded .90 inches of rain over the first few days.

Meanwhile, Stephens County begins the New Year in moderate drought conditions, according to the January 1 report of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Entering 2012, part of Stephens County was in moderate drought, while part of the county was considered only abnormally dry.

The new drought monitor also shows that severe drought has retreated further, with all of Habersham County now in moderate drought.

Currently, 98 percent of the state is either in dry or drought conditions, according to the Drought Monitor. That is compared to 88 percent of the state a year ago.