Dissipating Drought: Recent Rains Bring Sufficient Moisture to Southeast

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A wet June has help alleviate some of the drought being experienced across the Southeast, according to Thursday’s updated release of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

This is especially true for South Florida, a region that has been challenged with dry conditions for some time. Currently, only a few counties are experiencing abnormally dry conditions. These include the majority of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties; half of Palm Beach County; most of Hendry County; most of Sarasota County; parts of Collier, Glades, Manatee, Polk, Hillsborough and Hardee counties. The remaining counties have sufficient moisture.

This past week’s rainfall has provided South Georgia enough moisture to alleviate the abnormally dry conditions there.

According to the University of Georgia Weather Network, Tifton, Georgia received 7.97 inches in June, well above the 5.07 mark in 2020 and 5.59 mark in 2019. Moultrie, Georgia received 7.67 inches in June, and Valdosta, Georgia received 6.55 inches.

Alabama also has sufficient moisture throughout the state.

One section of the northeast part of South Carolina remains abnormally dry. This includes Georgetown and Horry counties and stretching west as far as Sumter, Lee and Darlington counties.

The central part of North Carolina remains abnormally dry as well; from Nash and Halifax counties, stretching as far west as Henderson County. Portions of Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen, Sampson, Pender and Duplin counties are in a moderate drought, as are Rockingham, Person and Caswell counties.