Drought Conditions Diminishing Across SE

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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.

Drought-like conditions are all but nonexistent in most areas across the Southeast (SE), according to Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Persistent winter rains have provided much needed moisture across the central and southern areas of Georgia and Alabama and across northern Florida.

The west coast of Florida still shows dry conditions, starting with abnormally dry conditions in parts of Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Moderate conditions are also observed and stretch into Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Most of the northern counties in Georgia are either abnormally dry or moderately dry. The dry conditions start as far south as Polk, Bartow and Cherokee counties and stretch northeastward to Union and Towns counties. Moderate dry conditions are seen in parts of Dade, Walker and Chattooga counties along the Georgia-Alabama state line, and in parts of Gilmer, Fannin, Union and Towns counties along the Georgia-Tennessee and Georgia-North Carolina state lines.

The driest area in the Southeast is still located in North Alabama. The dry conditions start as far south as Tuscaloosa and Jefferson counties and stretch northward to the Alabama-Tennessee state line. Moderate conditions are located in various counties in the northern part of the state, including Lauderdale, Limestone, Lawrence, Morgan, Cullman, Blount, Saint Clair, Etowah, Marshall, Dekalb, Cherokee and Jackson counties.