Rains wash away area's drought

Recent rains have raised soil-moisture levels to above normal for all of Georgia except the north-central and northeastern mountain counties, State Climatologist David Emory Stooksbury said today.

"Lake Lanier and Lake Hartwell basins have improved to mild drought," he said. "The basins were previously in moderate drought. The remainder of the state is drought free."

However, the climatologist also issued a caveat.

"May is typically one of the drier months in Georgia," he said. "Additionally, with high temperatures routinely in the 80s and plant water use very high, moisture loss is accelerated. We normally expect the soils to start to dry out this month."

Although normal weather will dry out soils over the late spring and summer months, that does not necessarily mean a return to drought conditions, he said.

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