Georgia Drought Update – May 25 2012

Once again little change in Drought conditions in Georgia since my last drought report May 12 2012. There were areas in Georgia that saw some drought improvement, but without continued adequate rainfall, these areas will likely see drought conditions worsen as we move into the summer months.

Here’s the current drought severity index for Georgia. Areas that saw improvement in the past 2 weeks – North GA, West Central GA, and Southeast GA.

Here’s the current drought severity index for the southeast U.S, Areas in Upstate South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Central to South Florida, saw some improvements due to Tropical Storm Alberto.

Speaking of Tropical systems … Areas of south Georgia and north Florida my see some drought relief in the coming days. At this time [ 3:29 PM 5/25/2012 ] the National Hurricane Center is giving an area of low pressure in the Atlantic an 80 percent chance of developing into some type of tropical system. Maybe Tropical Storm Beryl ??

I wont bore you with the details, but here is a graphic from the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA from earlier today, showing possible impacts.

Also of interest form NWS PTC, this drought information statement released on May 24 2012…

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
115 PM EDT THU MAY 24 2012

LONG TERM DROUGHT CONTINUES OVER CENTRAL GEORGIA

THE SEVERE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONTINUES OVER ALL OF CENTRAL GEORGIA AND PORTIONS OF NORTH GEORGIA. THE UPPER LEVEL FLOW HAS TRANSITIONED INTO A NEUTRAL WEATHER PATTERN FOR THE SUMMER SEASON. THE DROUGHT IMPACTS WILL GRADUALLY WORSEN AS VEGETATION DRAWS MORE
MOISTURE AND EVAPORATION RATES INCREASE. MOST SMALL LAKE…POND…STREAM AND RIVER LEVELS WILL REMAIN WELL BELOW NORMAL TO SOME RECORD LOWS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.

A FEW DAYS OF RAIN BROUGHT LITTLE RELIEF TO THE DROUGHT STRICKEN AREAS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 0.25 TO 1.5 INCHES OCCURRED OVER MOST OF CENTRAL GEORGIA DURING THE PAST 14 DAYS. GREATER RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES OCCURRED OVER MOST OF
NORTH GEORGIA DURING THE SAME PERIOD.

THE RAINFALL DEFICITS AND SOIL MOISTURE IMPROVED ONLY IN AREAS THAT RECEIVED 2 INCHES OR MORE DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS. CONSEQUENTLY…THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE CHANGE IN THE AREAL COVERAGE OF THE SEVERE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT AREA. THE AREA IS GENERALLY SOUTH OF A LINE FROM FRANKLIN THROUGH ATLANTA AND LAWRENCEVILLE TO TOCCOA. THE ONLY EXCEPTION WAS SOME TEMPORARY IMPROVEMENT JUST EAST OF FRANKLIN TO NEWNAN TO GREENVILLE WHERE MORE SIGNIFICANT RAIN OCCURRED.

Finally, here’s the ‘current’ drought picture for the entire United States released on May 22 2012.

See also: The Drought Files. Covering drought in Georgia since 2007.

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