By: Charles E. Roop
August 12, 2014
We have seen a little more rain across the Big Bend the last few days, but it still remains fairly dry across the area. Abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions have developed over the Big Bend and southeastern Georgia, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor's Aug. 5 update.
Tallahassee has recorded only 2.33 inches of rain in July, which is 32 percent of normal. The capital city had the driest July since 1918, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Tallahassee in nearly a 10-inch rain deficit since June 1, according to climate data from the National Weather Service. The Keetch Byram Drought Index is currently above the 550 mark across most of the Big Bend. The range for the drought index is from 0 to 800, with 800 being the driest.
The U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook from NOAA expects drought development across southern Georgia for this month.
There might be some relief in the near term across the area as rain chances will be at or above 50 percent. A cold front moving through the southeastern U.S. will help increase rain chances for most of the area.