Drought Monitor: Recent rain provides drought relief

By: Brittany Bedi
June 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida and Georgia have been dealing with drought conditions for several months. In the past month, a significant dent was made in the drought in local areas.

The image on the left shows parts of South Georgia under a moderate to severe drought in counties highlighted in orange and red. That image was from May 13. The right side of the image shows a much smaller area of South Georgia under a moderate drought, with no sign of a severe drought in the entire local area.

Some parts of the Florida Big Bend are still abnormally dry to a slight drought, shown in yellow and brown. Most of the drought conditions through the Panhandle have improved to eliminate any drought conditions.

Recent rains are improving the leftover drought conditions. More than eight inches of rain was recorded at Tallahassee International Airport since the beginning of June. Apalachicola has picked up more than 6 inches of rain so far in June as well. Valdosta, Georgia measured more than 4 inches of rain for the month. Albany has recorded 1.30 inches of rain for the month.

Weather stations in Monticello show readings of up to 3.39 inches of rain in some spots for June alone.
Stations in Madison and Suwannee counties measured more than 6 inches of rain this month. In Decatur and Thomas counties, weather stations are reporting anywhere from 1.25 to 2 inches of rain for the month.

Accumulations will continue to vary throughout the area since scattered rain is expected for the rest of the week. Some thunderstorms could cause heavy downpours in a few locations. The rain will continue to mitigate drought conditions in the Big Bend and South Georgia.