Drought Officially Ends In Our Area

By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email
By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email

Plentiful rains in recent months have put an end to the drought conditions in South Georgia and North Florida according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

More than 17 inches of rain has fallen in the official rain bucket at the Tallahassee Regional Airport in 2008. About half as much (8.75 inches) fell between January 1 and April 6, 2007. Up to 6 inches of rain was reported in parts of our area from this past weekend's thunderstorms.

Extreme drought conditions continue in parts of North Alabama, North Georgia, the upstate of South Carolina and most of Central North Carolina. Moderate to severe drought conditions are also being observed between Tampa and Fort Myers on Florida's west coast.

Forecasters from the Climate Prediction Center say improvement in the drought conditions are expected in both areas this spring or early this summer.

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