SOAKED: Almost 4 inches of rainfall recorded

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

Rain from the past weekend did more than dampen a few spirits and cancel outdoor activities.
Weather watchers recorded almost 4 inches of rain in Roane County over the period that saw almost steady showers for about 48 hours.
“As of yesterday morning, they had 3.9 inches at the [Kingston TVA] Fossil Plant,” said David Gaffin, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Morristown.
“At Rockwood, they had 3.81 inches,” he said. “We had another place in Kingston that had 3.77 inches.”
In addition to the rockslide on Interstate 40, Roane County had its fair share of water puddling in roadways and yards.
“Our big issue was trees,” said Brian Matthews, spokesman for the Roane County Highway Department.
Crews stayed busy throughout the weekend removing trees from roadways and were out Tuesday removing excess tree debris and cleaning culverts and ditches, Matthews said.
“It was pretty routine,” he added.
East Tennessee typically has rain deficits and dry weather.
That’s not been the case in 2013.
“We’ve had a very wet year so far,” Gaffin said.
April’s rainfall totals were 3.31 inches above normal. March, too, was on the plus-side, with rainfall totals 1.15 above normal.
“January, of course, was a very wet month,” Gaffin noted, with total rainfall of 12.67 inches — 8.35 inches above normal ranges.
Keep those umbrellas and rain gear handy, though.
Gaffin said scattered showers continue to be in the weather forecast through the week, with an increased chance on Friday and Saturday due to a cold front moving in.