“The Relentless Rainfall of February 2019”

A TVA publication, “The Relentless Rainfall of February 2019” includes a graphic reminder of February’s cumulative downpour, which accounted for almost three times the rain of a normal February. The deluge followed two months of ground soakage that made flooding inevitable.

Count TVA’s River Forecast Center employees among those who were scrambling during February’s impromptu monsoon season. The rainiest February ever recorded in the Tennessee Valley meant engineers were on the point constantly to manage flow and prevent flood catastrophes from North Carolina’s mountains westward across the entire utility’s system.

The Tennessee Valley took in 11.6 inches of precipitation during February, as rain fell 22 days of the 28-day month, which TVA leaders say is 269 percent of normal for the month. It followed a January that registered 120 percent above normal rainfall. And December had 170 percent of its average yield of rain, with three inches coming in the last seven says of the month.

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