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Drought returns to Georgia

The National Drought Monitor brought a small area of D1 drought (in tan on the map below) back to Georgia this week after Alma reported its driest July ever.  They received just 0.41 inches for the entire month, much lower than the previous record of 0.77 inches set in 2006.  Their records go back to 1948.

drought monitor 7-31-2014

Just one percent of the state is in drought at the moment.  Dry conditions across the southwest part of the state have expanded the area of abnormally dry conditions across most of the southern part of the state, while rains have erased the dry conditions in central Georgia.  The forecast for the next week is for a return to more rainy conditions as the high pressure that has dominated the area retreats to the north, bringing moister air from the Gulf of Mexico back to the state.