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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 4:27am

Most Of State Again In Drought

Drought conditions have expanded over the past three months to again cover most of Georgia. State climatologist David Stooksbury says exceptions are areas of north-central and northeast Georgia, in addition to a handful of middle Georgia counties.

Typically, late summer and fall is when the state gets rain from tropical weather systems. But that's not been the case this year. Most of Georgia has received less than 70 percent of normal rainfall.

Climatology officials say stream flows are in slow decline around Georgia, which has shown-up most noticeably in the northwest. And the risk for wildfires have increased with the drier than normal late summer and fall.