Moderate drought through parts of FL and GA, some rain possible this week

By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 18, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- North Florida remains under drought conditions. Drier than average conditions continue.

The latest U.S. drought monitor was updater Thursday, December 14. Areas under a light brown in the image above are under a moderate drought. Everywhere else in our area highlighted in yellow is dealing with abnormally dry conditions. So far in the month of December alone, only 1.30 inches of rain was recorded at Tallahassee International Airport. Only 0.90 inches of rain was recorded in Apalachicola. Around 1.48 inches of rain fell in Valdosta and 1.96 inches of rain reported in Albany.

The last measurable rain that fell across the area was on December 8 and 9. That rain isn’t helping much with the rain deficit across the region this year.

Tallahassee is running 3 inches below average in rainfall this year. While that may not seem significant, Apalachicola is in a 10.57 inch rain deficit. Valdosta is running 9.06 inches below average and Albany is at a 7.11-inch rain deficit.

October through December usually are the driest months of the year locally. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is saying that the Southeast U.S. will likely be drier than average through the winter.

There is plenty of moisture along the Gulf Coast this week. While that moisture will lead to more cloud cover and rain chances through most of the week, the rain will not be a drought-buster.

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