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Drought Watch: Full Recovery Nearly Achieved Locally

Local Drought Monitor (01/28/2017)
Posted at 4:30 PM, Jan 26, 2017

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- Generous rain since mid-December for the region has nearly erased any leftover signs of drought conditions that began to plague the region late last summer.

The weekly release of the drought monitor from the National Drought Mitigation Center showed the vast majority of local north Florida and south Georgia counties were void of any drought classification level.

The nearest areas of Abnormally Dry conditions were in the lower Suwannee Valley in north-central Florida, and the Chattahoochee River in west-central Georgia.

Some parts of southwest Georgia have received an estimated 10 to 15 inches or rain over the last six weeks, including areas of three to six-inch totals associated with the severe thunderstorms last weekend.  North Florida counties have also benefited from ample rain sources.

While Exceptional drought areas no longer exist within the Southeastern U.S., a core of severe and extreme drought conditions linger in north Georgia and north-central Alabama.  Recent rain has alleviated the arid conditions, but additional rounds of rain will be needed to reduce the long-range drought effect further.