Georgia Drought Update – January 5 2012

It’s been one month since my last Georgia Drought report in which I said

“Not much change since my last update November 13 2011. While this is the case, drought conditions continue to lesson in Georgia. The biggest reason for this is the cooler weather and shorter days.”

While this is true for the most part during winter months, don’t let it fool you.

Case and point … Since my last report, drought conditions have once again intensified in Georgia, although not as severe as they could be if this were summer. The only area that continues to see relief from drought in Georgia are areas in the north. Much of the rest of the state has seen conditions worsen, most now still in an Extreme drought. This is not how many of us wanted to start the new year.

Here’s a graphic showing the intensification of drought in Georgia via the U.S. Drought Monitor, from November 2011 to January 3 2012.

Here’s a graphic showing the departure from normal precipitation for 2011 via AHPS Precipitation Analysis

Here are rainfall deficits for the last 365 days from select areas in Georgia via NWS Peachtree City, GA

DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL THROUGH 01/04/2012:

ATLANTA HARTSFIELD-JACKSON AP: -11.41
ATHENS BEN EPPS AP: -10.15
COLUMBUS METRO AP: -8.39
MACON MIDDLE GA REGIONAL AP: -13.17

Here’s a graphic showing additional precipitation needed to bring conditions back to near normal. For the local area, we still need anywhere from 6 to 9 inches of rainfall, as shown above we are down 8.39 inches. Areas to our south need 9 to 12 inches. Graphic via Climate Prediction Center

During winter months my updates are not as frequent, as drought conditions whether good or bad occur at a slower rate. I’ll have another update in February.

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