Spring rain washes away Middle Georgia drought

lfabian@macon.comApril 18, 2013 

Drought has lifted in Middle Georgia as of Thursday’s report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, right. On Jan. 1, left, more than 98 percent of the state was in some level of drought.

April showers not only bring May flowers, but also have quenched drought conditions in Middle Georgia.

Bibb, Houston and surrounding counties began the year in exceptional drought, or D4, the worst level on the drought scale.

In Thursday’s report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, Middle Georgia is clear of any drought conditions.

A week ago, Bibb County remained abnormally dry, or D-zero.

From April 1 through Wednesday, Macon had recorded 4.5 inches of rain at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, which is 2.66 above normal, according to National Weather Service statistics.

Since March 1, Macon received 8.29 inches of rain, or 1.9 inches above normal.

Year to date, 23.31 inches fell, or 8.22 above normal rainfall through Wednesday.

On Thursday’s Drought Monitor, which compiles conditions reported Tuesday, more than 90 percent of Georgia is free of drought conditions.

On Jan. 1, more than 98 percent of the state was experiencing some level of dry conditions.

Only a couple of patches of drought lingered on Georgia’s Tuesday map.

Abnormally dry conditions persist for most of Washington and Hancock counties, southeast Greene and Elbert counties and virtually all of Taliaferro, Wilkes, Warren, Lincoln and McDuffie counties.

Columbia and Richmond counties are not only abnormally dry, but there are moderate drought, or D2, conditions in most of Richmond and in the eastern tip of Columbia.

Moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions also hug Georgia’s coastline.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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