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Drought watch: Recent Rain Washes Out Most Dry Areas

Local drought monitor (12/10/2015)
Posted at 4:19 PM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 11:19:03-05

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- Following several months of spotty moderate drought conditions in parts of south Georgia and the Florida Big Bend, an uptick in rain activity in the mid-fall season has attributed to a reduction in the overall dryness factor.

Data from the Drought Mitigation Center eroded "abnormally dry" conditions to parts of the Okefenokee region of southeast Georgia and near the lower Suwannee River in north Florida.  Some of the Interstate 75 counties in the southern part of the Peach State remain in the abnormal dryness classification, but officially, no true drought conditions exist locally,

One to three inches of rain were received in the past couple of weeks in southwest Georgia and parts of the Florida Panhandle, helping in increase the short-term moisture levels.  Seasonal rain totals are near or just slightly below average, though in many cases, annual rainfall deficits triggered by a dry spring and summer season have not been erased.

Chances are still elevated for above-average precipitation activity across the Gulf region through the next couple of weeks, and for the winter season in general, induced by the active El Niño weather pattern phase.