MORE THAN NORMAL IN DECEMBER
After an extremely dry November, with only a fraction of the normal rainfall in the Hendersonville area, the month of December 2012 produced above average rainfall for the area.
Hendersonville's official total rainfall in December 2012 was 5.24 inches...and that's about one quarter of an inch more than the long-term average for December, which is 4.96.
December's total was bolstered by a couple of episodes of heavy rainfall in a fairly short period of time: a full inch of rain fell in less than 24 hours on December 21, and over two inches of rain fell on December 26 and 27.
According to weather records kept by WHKP, Henderson County's National Weather Service Official Weather Observation Station, rain fell on 15 of the 31 days in December 2012.
Those extremely dry conditions in November have kept Henderson County in the official "abnormally dry" classification by the NC Drought Advisory Council.
A number of counties, primarily in the piedmont, are continuing to be classified as being in "moderate drought",
Moving into the new year, January's long-term average total precipitatiion in Hendersonville is 4.76 inches.