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Extreme drought conditions, worst drought in the area in 12 years

Extreme drought conditions, worst drought in the area in 12 years

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – We are currently facing the worst drought in our area in at least 12 years.

Moderate and severe drought conditions continue to rapidly worsen across much of South Carolina, according to the latest update of the U.S. Drought Monitor. The latest update now adds “extreme drought” conditions inland.

This region is currently experiencing extreme drought.
This region is currently experiencing extreme drought.(WMBF)

According to last week’s update, 71% of South Carolina was in moderate drought. In addition, 17% of South Carolina was in severe drought.

In the new morning update An alarming 6% increase is now under “extreme drought” conditions. When was the last time our area experienced extreme drought? You have to go back to July 5, 2011, when a small strip of the North Beach was affected by extreme drought.

Before that, in December 2007, 70 percent of South Carolina suffered from extreme drought.

The update also states that 73% of South Carolina continues to experience moderate drought and 30% is in severe drought.

6% of SC are affected by extreme drought
6% of SC are affected by extreme drought(wmbf)

Scattered precipitation occurred throughout the region. Tennessee, northern Alabama, and northern Mississippi were the driest regions, while southern Georgia, northern Florida, eastern Georgia, and northern South Carolina were the wettest areas of the region. Temperatures throughout the region were near normal or slightly above normal. Most areas experienced temperatures 2–4 degrees above normal, and northern Georgia, northern Florida, and central and eastern Tennessee experienced temperatures 4–6 degrees above normal. Drought spread and rapidly worsened across much of Tennessee, northern Alabama, western North Carolina, and southern areas of South Carolina and North Carolina. There was some improvement in southern Georgia and northern and central Florida as moderate drought and some unusually dry conditions ended. Extreme drought existed in parts of South and North Carolina, and severe drought existed in northern parts of Alabama and Mississippi, and in Tennessee. Severe drought expanded in the Carolinas. Due to the heat and dry conditions and scattered rainfall, drought has spread rapidly. Unless conditions change, this area will need to be closely monitored as droughts will intensify and some areas will receive sufficient rainfall to prevent immediate spread and worsening of drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor has been a team effort since its inception in 1999 and is produced jointly by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Drought is a normal part of the climate. It is a slow-moving hazard that can cause people to underestimate the damage it can cause. However, losses from drought can be as great as those from hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters. Drought causes losses in agriculture, affects domestic water supplies, energy production, public health and wildlife, and contributes to wildfires, to name just a few of its impacts. However, it is important to note that large urban water systems generally have diverse water supplies and can provide water flow during both dry and wet seasons.