Southeast Drought Reintensifying

From my Drought Update- Southeast June ’08 Post, Lake Lanier is down half a Foot+ in Ten(10) Days.

The Current Level of Lake Lanier 921 AM EDT TUE JUN 24 2008: 1056.63 down: -0.08.

The water level at the time of our update on June 14, 2008 was 1057.19. A difference of 0.56 from today.

What I said then: “The Summer Solstice is just around the corner [ June 20 @ 7:59 pm EDT ], Which means dryer and hotter conditions in the Southeast. The lakes are lower than they were in January of this year and have only gained a little over 1 Foot since October of 2007.”

Sun drains .2 inch of water daily from Lanier

Heat, little rain intensifying drought again

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The drought is reintensifying, with a hot and dry early July on the way, said Andy Ashley of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“Any shower activity will be isolated,” Ashley said Thursday on a regular teleconference call to discuss drought conditions with the Corps and representatives from Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Lake Lanier, already at 14 feet below full and setting daily record low levels, is expected to drop another half a foot by the end of next week.

But perhaps the worst news for Lanier is what the summer sun is doing: evaporating more than two-tenths of an inch per day.

On Wednesday, 193.9 million gallons of water evaporated from the lake, the main water source for more than 3 million metro Atlantans. By comparison, Gwinnett County withdrew an average of 74.2 million gallons a day from the lake in May, or less than half the amount that’s disappearing in the sun’s rays.

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