Rainfall throughout Georgia
These tools show rainfall amounts for rain gauge stations throughout Georgia. While much of the state has received above-normal* precipitation, much of the metro region remains in drought. Winter rains have failed to refill Lake Lanier, which remains about eight feet below full pool.
*This data looks at rainfall from January 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017, with normal defined as a 30-year average for this same time period.
Check this page in the future as we continue to update the data. For information about drought conditions and water conservation tips, visit the Metro Water District website.
At the beginning of every month, we check in on the amount of rainfall that occurred during the previous month using data from the National Weather Service.
April was a relatively wet month in Atlanta, with 5.75 inches falling, compared to the 30-year average for April of 3.36 inches. Even with the recent rainfall and 8.18 inches of rain in January (more rainfall than any month in 2016), we are still experiencing drought conditions in metro Atlanta. This is primarily because there has not been enough rain falling north of Lake Lanier to fill the lake, which is the primary source of water for much of metro Atlanta.
The 2016 Monthly Rain Totals chart shows the monthly rainfall throughout the past year compared to the 30-year average.
Annual rainfall: 2016 review
In 2016, 38.7 inches of rain fell in Atlanta, which is 11 inches below the average annual rainfall. This makes 2016 the fifth-driest year since 1996 (see the Annual Total Rainfall chart).
October was the driest month, with just 0.16 inches of rain, well below the 30-year average of 3.41 inches. There was an increase in rainfall through the end of the year, but in December just 3 inches of rain fell, still below the 30-year average of 3.9 inches.
Source: National Weather Service