Areas of central Georgia to southwest Georgia are still enduring the highest level of drought ‘Exceptional Drought’, which now covers 21.73 percent of the state as of July 10 2012. On June 26 2012 this area was 19.98 percent. Not far behind in this general area is a large area of ‘Extreme Drought’ which now covers 38.44 percent of the state as of July 10 2012. On June 26 2012 this area was 31.72 percent. The state of Georgia as a whole is experiencing drought except for the southeastern most part. 12.29 percent of Georgia is drought free as of July 10 2012, slightly worse than on June 26 2012 which showed 13.91 percent of Georgia drought free.
While some areas in Georgia have seen rain, others have not. Compounding the lack of rainfall during the past couple of weeks was the heatwave that swept through much of the south.
Here are the current drought conditions in Georgia. June 26 on the left and July 10 on the right.
Here’s a look at drought conditions throughout the southeast. June 26 on the left and July 10 on the right.
Here’s a panel showing Departure from Normal Precipitation Top Left, Normal Precipitation Top Right, and Observed Precipitation Bottom.
Here is the current Drought severity Index for the entire U.S. on the left and the amount of Precipitation needed to bring drought conditions to near normal on the right. Much of the country is experiencing drought conditions at this time, but this is not something we have not seen before in past years.
Here is the latest Drought Outlook for the U.S., It’s not looking good during the next few months.
For us in the south and southeast we have the potential for some drought relief much like Florida saw recently. We can hope for a tropical system to move through the area in the coming months.
For all information Current to 2007 on Drought in Georgia, See The Drought Files.