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Drought Watch: Coverage Reduced in N. Fla., Persists in Flint Valley

local drought monitor (06/29/2017)
Posted at 4:30 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 12:41:39-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- Significant rainfall over the last 10 days, especially in north Florida, caused drastic shrinkage in the overall coverage of dry and drought conditions for the state line region.

Data from the National Drought Mitigation Center released Thursday indicated a total elimination of any drought or dryness category in parts of the Suwannee River valley.  Some abnormal dryness lingers in some north Florida counties near the state line.

Southern Georgia hasn't fared as well with the recent rain event, but slight improvement is noted in the Okefenokee region, with Moderate Drought levels in place.  The peak of the drought conditions cover counties near and east of the Flint River, where drought conditions are still considered Severe.

Many north Florida areas received at least two inches of rain over the last seven days, and even more in some cases, which was enough to drastically lower or wipe away drought classifications.  However, streams in southern Georgia are still noted to be flowing below normal levels, and six-month rainfall deficits remain.