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Rainy Year and Christmas in 2015

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm


david patton

david pattonWe all know Grundy County has a rainy climate and how hard it is to get dry weather on holidays, but old Mother Nature really outdid herself in 2015.

Here in Palmer, I had 81.2 inches of rain in 2015, and 13.9 inches of that was in December. The week of Christmas was a roller coaster, one with tornado warnings on Wednesday, followed the next day with a beautiful Christmas Eve and a high of 69 degrees and a low of 55 degrees from the National Weather Service Station at Big Creek Utility District’s dam at Coalmont. The roller coaster sped up on Christmas Day with an incredible 4 inches of rain in Palmer and Big Creek coming in at 3.85 inches. Their high temperature was 66 degrees, with a low of 59 degrees.

We’ve all seen some amazing weather events in our lifetime. However, an old saying reminds us that, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” In 1990, I recorded 84.7 inches of rain with 18.2 inches of that in December. At the time, I never thought that would be matched or topped – but 2015 came awfully close.

A few years ago, during a drought, someone suggested using the filthy Tennessee River for our drinking water. Wouldn’t it be a shame to resort to that with our plentiful rainfall? With proper storage capacity, Grundy County should be more than self-sufficient.

New Year’s Day 2016 came in dry afternoon. Big Creek had a high of 38 degrees and a low of 22 degrees.