Daily rainfall records were set in Atlanta Jan. 24 with 2.75 inches, Columbus Jan. 16 with 1.02 inches and Macon Jan. 21 with 1.41 inches. The highest monthly totals from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations were 9.65 inches in Clay County in southwest Georgia and 9.56 inches in Rabun County in far northeast Georgia. The highest one-day amount occurred in Statesboro Jan. 17, when 4.40 inches were observed north of town. Albany received 4 inches Jan. 21. La Grange reported 3.98 inches Jan. 25. An El Niño winter continued to dominate Georgia in January, bringing cold, rainy weather to much of the state.In El Niño winters, the subtropical jet stream is frequently located over south Georgia, leading to cool, cloudy conditions and enhanced rainfall, particularly in south Georgia.Temperatures across the state were significantly cooler than normal. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 38.5 degrees F (4.2 degrees below normal), in Athens 39.7 degrees (2.5 degrees below normal), in Columbus 41.6 degrees (5.2 degrees below normal), in Macon 42.2 degrees (3.3 degrees below normal), in Savannah 45.5 degrees (3.7 degrees below normal), in Brunswick 47 degrees (4.7 degrees below normal), in Alma 45.6 degrees (6.1 degrees below normal), in Valdosta 47.9 degrees (2 degrees below normal) and in Augusta 41.7 degrees (3.1 degrees below normal). Low temperature records were set in Brunswick (26 degrees) Jan. 4 and in Alma (22 degrees) Jan. 7.Rainfall in south Georgia was well above normal, according to radar estimates. Many areas south of the fall line from Columbus to Augusta and in the northeast mountains received more than 5 inches of rain. The highest monthly total from National Weather Service reporting stations was 6.74 inches in Valdosta (.37 inches above normal). The lowest was in Brunswick at 4.33 inches (.47 inches above normal). Atlanta received 5.38 inches (.35 inches above normal), Macon 5.50 inches (.50 inches above normal), Athens 6.20 inches (1.51 inches above normal), Augusta 5.39 inches (.89 inches above normal), Columbus 5.35 inches (.57 inches above normal), Savannah 6.28 inches (2.33 inches above normal) and Alma 4.74 inches (.47 inches above normal). Georgians experienced one day of severe weather. Jan. 6, a weak tornado hit Chattooga County southeast of Chattoogaville and left a spotty track 2 miles long, including roof damage to several buildings. Trees were reported downed in several locations around the state. Tornado warnings were issued in late January in some areas but no tornadoes, hail or high winds were reported to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center. However, a CoCoRaHS observer in Loganville reported quarter-sized hail on Jan. 21.Sleet, ice and snow in northern Georgia caused numerous accidents on highways and scattered power outages. Part of I-20 was closed due to ice on the roads Jan. 29 near Atlanta.The cold weather caused greatly increased heating demands. Power companies estimated that heating costs were 30 percent above normal for this time of year and 60 percent above last winter. The Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring site at Dawson in Terrell County reported 10.94 inches for the month. In Plains, they received 9.33 inches. Heavy rains in southern Georgia continued to cause problems for farmers trying to work in fields. Cool temperatures slowed or stopped growth of forage. Farmers used hay and supplemental feed heavily, particularly during the coldest spells. Rivers in Georgia reported minor to moderate flooding on several dates throughout the month. The moderate flooding was mainly confined to the larger rivers below the fall line in central Georgia.
Kyle Dolley, with Aaron Dunlap serving a four-minute spearing penalty, and Tucker Brown scored before the period ended to pull the Brins to within one goal before the period ended.The teams traded goals in the second — Wellman with this second and Michael Rand replying for the Bruins.In the third Vlanich scored his first of two before Max Newtown made the score 5-4.After Vlanich scored into an empty net, Dolly made the game a little interesting with a marker at the 19:52 mark.Tyler Moffat was once again in goal to register the win as Nelson search for a replacement for Adam Maida, lost to the team due to a knee injury.Nelson remains on top of the Murdoch Division with a 10-0-1-1 record.The Bruins fall to 6-6-1-0 and sit fourth in Murdoch standings.ICE CHIPS: Jamie Vlanich (10-19-29) finished the game with six points to move into second spot in KIJHL scoring race, one point behind Nick Josephs of Kelowna. Teammate Travis Wellan (19-7-26) is tied for third. . . . Nelson netminder Tyler Moffat leads the KIJHL in wins with eight. Moffat, who played the last two seasons in Creston, is fifth overall in goalies with a .906 save percentage. . . .Jackson Purvis (9-15-24) of Grand Forks is tied for fifth in KIJHL scoring. . . .Nelson takes to the road for a three-game swing through the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference with stops in Armstrong (Friday), Kelowna (Saturday) and Summerland (Sunday). . . .Next up for Grand Forks is a home date Saturday against Castlegar Rebels. The Nelson Leafs ran its record to a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League high ten games by outlasting the Grand Forks Border Bruins 6-5 Saturday night in the Boundary City.Jamie Vlanich’s second goal of the game, into an empty net, proved to be the winner as Nelson held off the vastly improved Bruins.The win came on the heels of an amazing comeback Friday against Beaver Valley. Nelson trailed 4-0 entering the third period before rallying for a 6-4 victory.The Leafs led from start to finish, opening up a 3-0 lead six minutes into the contest on goals by Travis Wellman, Brandon Sookro and Alec Wilkerson.Wilkerson’s goal was on the power play.