Wet December spills into Fayette’s new year

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Whitewater Creek lives up to its name at Starr’s Mill — The recent, seemingly unending downpours left many areas of Fayette County with heavy runoff during late December and early January. One of those areas was Starr’s Mill adjacent to Ga. Highway 85 South. Local resident Bob Ross using a remote-controlled drone on Jan. 4 captured the scene above the old mill, a much-photographed Fayette County landmark. Photo/Bob Ross.
Whitewater Creek lives up to its name at Starr’s Mill — The recent, seemingly unending downpours left many areas of Fayette County with heavy runoff during late December and early January. One of those areas was Starr’s Mill adjacent to Ga. Highway 85 South. Local resident Bob Ross using a remote-controlled drone on Jan. 4 captured the scene above the old mill, a much-photographed Fayette County landmark. Photo/Bob Ross.

Anyone who did not notice the abundance of rain during the Christmas holiday, not to mention during 2018, probably spent a lot of time indoors.

Asked about recent and annual rainfall totals for Fayette County, Meteorologist in charge Keith Stellman of the National Weather Service in Peachtree City said there was plenty.

Stellman said Fayette County received 5.62 inches of rain from Dec. 27 through Jan. 4 and 61.86 inches during 2018, according National Weather Service data.

As if those amounts were not enough, Stellman said Hartsfield Airport received nearly 70 inches of rain in 2018. The wettest month of the past year was December, with more than 11 inches of rainfall in Atlanta.

The 30-year average normal rainfall for the Atlanta area is 49.71 inches.