U.S. Drought Monitor: Southeast Mostly Free of Dry Conditions

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The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC.

By Clint Thompson

Persistent rain events have helped wipe away most drought across the Southeast. With an exception of one area in Southeast Florida and one in Northwest Alabama, the Alabama-Florida-Georgia region is mostly free of dry conditions, according to Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Florida’s dry conditions are isolated to an area along the Atlantic Coast. Abnormally dry conditions are observed in Orange County and stretch southward to Miami-Dade County and as far west as Highlands and Polk counties. Brevard and Indian River counties are moderately dry.

Colbert and Lauderdale counties in Northwest Alabama are anywhere from abnormally dry to severely dry. The abnormally dry conditions stretch eastward to Madison County and southward to Winston County. Saint Clair, Calhoun, Talladega and Shelby counties in central Alabama are abnormally dry.

The majority of Georgia is free of dry conditions, except for a tiny area in Columbia County that is abnormally dry.

South Carolina’s dry conditions are mostly isolated to the western region of the state. North Carolina’s dry conditions are mostly in the eastern area of the state.