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Over an inch of rain picked up in Atlanta as drought expands into the metro

The rain was desperately needed after a 3 week dry spell
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ATLANTA — After 21 days without measurable rain, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport unofficially received 1.11" of rain between Wednesday and Thursday.

Although it caused a 3-hour delay for the NLDS Game 2 at Truist Park, that rain couldn't have come at a more critical time. The U.S. Drought monitor, released Thursday morning October 13th, showed moderate drought expanding into Atlanta and the surrounding eastern suburbs. This includes parts of Fulton, Clayton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties. This was based on data from earlier in the week, Tuesday, October 11th.

The rain situation was even more dire in eastern Georgia, where some counties are now in 'Severe Drought'. 

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Across the Atlanta metro, rain totals were between 0.5" and 1.5", with the highest totals on the west side of town. Unfortunately, how much rain fell was not the same everywhere. Below shows 2 day radar-estimated rain totals. The rain amounts east of the inner metro dropped of significantly. Many spots in northeast Georgia picked up less than a few tenths of an inch of rain. 

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Although this rain will be taken into account for next week's drought monitor, it likely won't wash it out altogether.

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