Tue., August 2, 2011 2:08pm (EDT)

Drought Eases Slightly
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
U.S. map of drought conditions (image courtesy NOAA)
U.S. map of drought conditions (image courtesy NOAA)
Despite the dangerously hot weather, drought conditions are actually improving in some parts of the state. The changes are slight but welcome.

Since May drought conditions in the lower 2/3 of the state started intensifying. Several agricultural counties classified as being in “exceptional” drought. But in the middle of July things started to get better. Many counties are now in the “extreme” drought column.

Dan Darby with the National Weather Service says some areas picked up five inches of rain in July and more is on its way:

“That helped and we’re kind of going to get back into that pattern in a few days. So, our chances of rain are going to actually increase a little by Thursday.”

A few areas, including Macon remain in exceptional drought. Darby says it will take a tropical storm to create any significant improvement in Central and South Georgia.