Drought returns to Georgia

If you’re a long time reader here at Cataula GA WX, you might recall my coverage during the drought that began to impact Georgia in 2007 and continued until 2009. You can read everything, and view some images here.

Well, the drought is back for some areas of Georgia. My area being one of them.

While many areas of the south, southeast are at this time experiencing flooding and or copious amounts of rain, most recently due to the remnants of tropical depression five, the area I live in Georgia is bone dry. I noticed this past July that the trees were beginning to show signs of this. The tops were looking kind of dry.

In this picture taken July 26 2010, it is hard to see, but the upper leaves were beginning to crinkle due to lack of moisture.

A more recent picture taken August 17 2010 shows the yellowing tree tops.

In this picture taken on June 22 2007 during the last time it was this dry, you can see the level of the lake gauged by the overflow /spill over. The lake was down over a foot.

In this recent picture taken on August 17 2010, you can see the same overflow / spill over pipe. You can also see that the lake level is at about the same level, if not a little lower than it was during the drought of 2007/2009.

Here is an image provided by U.S. Drought Monitor, showing Georgia and areas affected by the current drought. I live in one of the areas currently classified as being in a Moderate Drought.

And here’s another image from the U.S. Drought Monitor showing the severity of the drought in the southeast 3 years ago, August 21 2007.

I made a remark back on March 31 2009, at which time the area I live was officially out of the drought. I said, “The drought situation is improving in the southeast but were not out of the woods yet. We all know what one dry hot summer can do.”

It seems this summer is a perfect example of ‘what one dry hot summer can do’. The drought has returned to Georgia.


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