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Georgia Drought Conditions Worsen Slightly

 

By: GFB News
11/9/2012 11:06:52 AM

 

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Drought conditions across Georgia (map courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor)
    

Although light rains fell across most of Georgia over the past week, drought conditions across the state have grown worse, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Georgia continues to see the worst drought conditions across the entire Southeastern U.S.

The two areas of worst long-term drought (at 1 and 2 years) stretched from southwestern Georgia northeast into west-central South Carolina, and from east-central Alabama northeast into northwestern Georgia. For example, Augusta only received 0.17 inches of rain the past 30 days, and was nearly 30 inches below normal over the past 24 months (driest on record since 1942).

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 14% of the state is classified in Exceptional Drought, the highest classification. That's up from 10% last week.

Almost 27% of the state is in either Exceptional or Extreme Drought, the two top levels of drought. That figure in an increase over last week's 23.3%.

Overall, the percentage of the state in some level of drought is 88.9%. Last week that figure stood at 80.8%

At this time last year, almost 95% of Georgia was suffering from some level of drought, and 61% was considered to be in extreme drought.

The USGS reports numerous stream levels in the state near or at record lows for early November.

For complete drought information, visit the U.S. Drought Monitor at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

 

For more on this story:   http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/