By Beth Lawrence

Jackson County was well over halfway to receiving its yearly average for rainfall by the end of last month.

As of June, the area received more than 30 inches of rain, said Jeff Robel of the National Center for Environmental Information in Asheville.

The average for the year is 51 inches.

The information comes from data collected in Cullowhee.

The area is also ahead for the month of July. 

The numbers for July show 4.5 inches of accumulation as of July 20. The average is 4.41 inches for the month.

“You’ve already got more than that by 1/10 of an inch, and we’ve got 10 more days left this month, so you’re probably going to exceed that by a fairly great total,” he said Monday.

Data up to July 20 shows that rain fell in Jackson County 12 days this month. The smallest amount of accumulation was .02 inches, and the greatest was 1.85 inches.