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Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 4:37am

Drought Conditions Worsen

Georgia's state climatologist says extreme drought conditions have now spread into north Georgia and cover most of the state south of the mountains.

Climatologist David Stooksbury says all of Georgia's counties are now classified as being in moderate, severe or extreme drought.

Stooksbury said in his most recent report on the drought that the outlook for relief in the short-term is not promising.

He said that unless Georgia sees some tropical weather over the next few months, the state can expect below-normal rainfall and above normal temperatures.

Without tropical rain, the state's soil is expected to continue to dry out. Also, stream flows, groundwater levels and reservoir levels are expected to continue to drop, and wildfire potentials are expected to remain high to extreme.

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