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Friday, July 10, 2009 - 9:10am

80 Georgia Counties "Abnormally Dry" This Week

Dry conditions returned to some 80 Georgia Counties this week.

That’s according to the U.S. Drought Monitor map.

The drought map is issued by the National Drought Mitigation Center. The July 7 posting shows that the soil in much of north and east Georgia is "abnormally dry."

That’s the first step on a scale that measures the severity of drought conditions.

Kent Frantz is a hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. He says just after state officials declared an end to the three year drought, it got hot and dry in Georgia for 30 days.

"The state drought committee, I think, officially declared the drought over on about June 12 and just seems like it shut off the next day," Frantz says.

He adds that since July 7, Georgia has gone back to it's normal summer pattern of afternoon thunderstorms. Frantz says he expects normal soil conditions to return by fall.