Less Than 4 Inches
Needed To Reach
The Yearly Average
For Greene County
BY SARAH GREGORY
Greene County is less than four inches away from reaching the total average yearly rainfall -- and the year is only half-through.
Rob Ellis, center director at the University of Tennessee's AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville, says Greene County is only 3.94 inches of rain shy of the 44.28-inch yearly average.
So far this year, 40.34 inches of rain have been recorded at the center, located off East Allens Bridge Road.
"We're just six months and a week into the year. That's something I've not seen before," Ellis said, concerning being so close to the yearly average so early.
"It's rained the first eight days of July," he added, noting that the center has recorded 2.26 inches of rain so far in July.
Average July monthly rainfall is 4.73 inches -- meaning Greene County is quickly approaching the month's halfway mark by the beginning of the second week.
Meteorologist Jerry Hevrdeys with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Morristown reported the three-day weekend rainfall total as .59 inches at the Nolichucky River in Greene County.
Hevrdeys said that two miles south of Greeneville, a total of .57 inches was reported over the weekend.
In Chuckey, .43 inches of rainfall was recorded from Friday to Sunday.
"You never want it to quit raining, of course, but it would be nice if we could catch a few dry days," Ellis said.
The next couple of days may be drier as the chance of rain drops to 20 percent, but the threat of showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast throughout the week.
Hevrdeys said the NWS forecast for the week calls for dry weather today with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight.
On Tuesday, the chance of rain increases to 40 percent.
Hevrdeys said the "better chance" for rain is on Wednesday, when the forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
"We're going back to a wet pattern on Thursday with a 70 percent chance," Hevrdeys added.
The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Friday, and a 20 percent chance on Saturday and Sunday.
However, a hazardous weather outlook was issued early this morning for the region of Southwest North Carolina, East Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia.
Scattered thunderstorms developing across the region tonight could create some isolated severe thunderstorms, according to the NWS.
The outlook says the main concern is localized heavy rainfall that could produce flash flooding.
That is particularly bad news for North Carolina, where widespread flooding has affected areas such as Asheville, Hot Springs, and Madison County in general.
The Grandfather Mountain weather station in North Carolina recorded 8.61 inches of rain during the first four days of July alone, according to a recent news release.
Runoff from that rainfall, however, has not caused the Nolichucky River to flood locally.
The river currently measures 5.3 feet at the measuring station in Embreeville, in Unicoi County, where the flood stage is considered to be 12 feet.