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Season of southern storms: Spring brings heavy rains, other severe weather to McDuffie County area

Spring has roared into the area, bringing ferocious wind, lightning, hail, and buckets of rain that may have some people wondering if there's a new weather pattern emerging for the Central Savannah River Area.

But it's all just part of springtime in the south.

Wet and windy weather is characteristic for this time of year, said Matt Monroe, meteorologist for WJBF in Augusta.

"You typically get a lot of fronts coming in during the spring.

"March, April and May are the three most popular months for severe weather here in the southeast," he said.

"This is an active time of the year when fronts are typically dropping through the Southeast."

A weather front that began in the plains of Iowa brought lighting, thunder, hail and rain to McDuffie County last week, and prompted several weather alerts for the area. A flood watch was in effect Friday, reflecting the higher than average amount of rainfall the area has received.

March is traditionally the wettest month of the year, with an average of 4.53 inches falling in Augusta, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA. A spokesman for the Southeastern Regional Climate Center of NOAA said Bush Field in Augusta had reported 5.56 inches of rain in March, an increase that leaves the area even wetter than usual.

Although it can be an inconvenience, the wet weather hasn't caused any major problems in McDuffie County, said Chris Pelly, county road department director. There haven't been any reports of flooding and severe rain washing out roads in the area.

"We're in pretty good shape. We haven't had any real problems or real danger," he said.

April usually brings another month of stormy conditions, and then the line of fronts bringing severe weather will begin moving farther north.

"It will start tapering off in May," Mr. Monroe predicted.

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Temperature:53° F
Conditions:overcast
Wind:from the W at 5 MPH
Humidity:100%
Visibility:10 miles
Dew Point:53° F
Updated: 04-Nov-2010 10:01
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