Georgia Drought Update – Huge Improvement – February 28 2013 #gawx

Heavy rains during February some which were record breaking, have wiped out ‘extreme drought conditions’ in Georgia and the Southeast. However, Pockets of ‘Severe drought’ remain in areas of Central and East Georgia extending into Northeast Florida. So even though the southeast had some good rain, drought still persists, and it won’t take long if dry conditions move in for drought conditions to increase once again throughout the area.

Some areas of Georgia saw record breaking rainfall amounts. One such area was Columbus Georgia where they saw 13.51 inches of precipitation in February, breaking the record of 9.41 inches for the same period. The ‘all time monthly precipitation record’ of 13.62 inches in December of 2009 still stands.

Here at my location, my February rainfall total is 13.29 inches. Here are some other Precipitation Totals for February across Georgia

Albany   -   8.77 inches
Athens   -   7.66 inches
Atlanta  -   9.02 inches
Augusta  -   9.40 inches
Columbus -  13.51 inches
Macon    -  13.75 inches
Savannah -   9.75 inches
Valdosta -   5.39 inches

Georgia / Southeast drought January 1 thru February 26 2013

Georgia Southeast drought February 2013 multi panel

February Rainfall thru Feb. 26 2013

February Rainfall multi panel

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Heavy Rain / Flooding Issues for Georgia and Alabama #gawx #alwx

Rain moves back in Thursday Night / Friday Morning. There is the possibility by Late Friday evening .. thundershowers could be in the area but at this time it looks like mainly a rain event. On Monday there is an outside possibility conditions could come together for some stronger thunderstorms in the area. This is something that will need to be watched.

The bigger threat at this time will be heavy rain expected Friday through Tuesday, with flooding issues.

The first round expected on Friday through Saturday will likely bring rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches in North Georgia and 3 to 4 inches in central Georgia and Alabama, with higher amounts possible. Sunday looks like we’ll have a short break with the next round of rain coming in on Monday through Tuesday, where rainfall amounts of an additional 2 inches could be in store. Total rainfall amounts for the entire period range from 1 to 3 inches over North Georgia / Alabama and 4 to 6 inches over Central and Southern Georgia / Alabama .

rainfall amounts FFC

Flooding issues …. With heavy rains in Georgia and Alabama the past 2 weeks between 2 and 8 inches, the ground remains moist to wet in areas. This will not allow rainfall in the coming days to be absorbed quickly. This will cause extra runoff into low lying areas, creeks and rivers and cause them to rise at a quicker rate than normal. Flash Flooding will be likely in many areas including Roads.

14 day precip

Rivers and creeks are currently running higher than normal due to previous rainfall and widespread minor flooding is likely, with isolated significant flooding possible. This is something that needs to be monitored in the coming days.

Georgia and Alabama flooding and rainfall_valid Feb 21 2013

597 US Counties Declared Disaster Areas Due to Drought

via usda.gov

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2013—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today designated 597 counties in 14 states as primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans. These are the first disaster designations made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013.

The 597 counties have shown a drought intensity value of at least D2 (Drought Severe) for eight consecutive weeks based on U.S. Drought Monitor measurements, providing for an automatic designation.

The 597 primary counties designated as disaster areas today correspond to the following states: Alabama, 14; Arkansas, 47; Arizona, 4; Colorado, 30; Georgia, 92; Hawaii, 2; Kansas, 88; Oklahoma, 76; Missouri, 31; New Mexico, 19; Nevada, 9; South Carolina, 11; Texas, 157; and Utah, 17. For more information about the specific state designations, visit the Farm Service Agency’s disaster designations page.

Alabama counties declared Disaster Areas Due to Drought are:

Bullock
Cleburne
Henry
Montgomery
Chambers
Coosa
Lee
Randolph
Clay
Elmore
Macon
Russell
Talladega
Tallapoosa

Georgia counties declared Disaster Areas Due to Drought are:

Baker
Dougherty
Laurens
Randolph
Baldwin
Douglas
Lee
Richmond
Bartow
Early
Lincoln
Rockdale
Bibb
Elbert
Lumpkin
Schley
Bleckley
Fannin
McDuffie
Spalding
Burke
Fayette
Macon
Stewart
Butts
Forsyth
Marion
Sumter
Calhoun
Fulton
Meriwether
Talbot
Carroll
Gilmer
Mitchell
Taliaferro
Chattahoochee
Glascock
Monroe
Taylor
Cherokee
Grady
Morgan
Terrell
Clay
Greene
Muscogee
Thomas
Clayton
Hancock
Newton
Troup
Cobb
Haralson
Oconee
Twiggs
Columbia
Harris
Oglethorpe
Union
Coweta
Heard
Paulding
Upson
Crawford
Henry
Peach
Walton
Crisp
Houston
Pickens
Warren
Dawson
Jasper
Pike
Washington
Decatur
Jefferson
Polk
Webster
De Kalb
Johnson
Pulaski
Wilcox
Dodge
Jones
Putnam
Wilkes
Dooly
Lama
Quitman
Wilkinson

Drought Disaster Designations Map

[PDF] Drought Disaster Designations Map

[PDF] List of Designated Drought Disaster Counties