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Rainfall totals an inch above average

Average rainfall in metro Atlanta is about an inch above normal, according to weather officials.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office tells a similar story for metropolitan cities around the state, which continues to experience drought-free weather conditions.

"We have been out of drought for about 11 months," said Pam Knox, Georgia's assistant state climatologist.

The water supply in reservoirs throughout metro Atlanta continues to be ample, according to Mike Leary, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"We don't have any sign of a drought right now," Leary said. "Since the first of January, we're about an inch ahead [for precipitation]."

The National Weather Service reported rainfall amounts in metro Atlanta totaled 5.38 inches for the month of January, compared to 2.88 inches in January 2009. The January 2010 total is about 0.35 inches higher than the 30-year average for the Atlanta area.

Leary said last week's winter storm, which delivered 3.6 inches of snow to the Southern Crescent on Feb. 12, added about 0.6 inches to this year's rain totals. He said area residents should expect continued sunshine and cool weather through the weekend.

"We're going to be sunny and dry through Sunday, with a 40-percent chance of rain Sunday," Leary said. There is "a 50-percent chance of rain on Monday, tapering off to a 20-percent chance of rain on Monday night. Then, it's going to be mostly sunny and dry through Wednesday," he said.