Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Atlanta, GA

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
515 PM EST THU DEC 8 2016

...LONG-TERM SEVERE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONTINUES OVER NORTH AND
   CENTRAL GEORGIA...

WELCOMED WIDESPREAD RAIN OCCURRED ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA
DURING THE PAST 14 DAYS. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES WERE
COMMON. A FEW LOCATIONS IN NORTHWEST DADE COUNTY AND SOUTH CENTRAL
WILCOX COUNTY HAD 7 TO 8 INCHES. RAINFALL DEFICITS IMPROVED IN ALL
AREAS DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS.

DUE TO RECENT RAIN AND COOLER TEMPERATURES WITH LOWER EVAPORATION
RATES...THE SHALLOW SOIL MOISTURE IMPROVED ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL
GEORGIA DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS. HOWEVER...WHILE THE DROUGHT
CONDITIONS IMPROVED IN SOME AREAS...A LONG-TERM SEVERE TO
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONTINUES ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA.
IT NORMALLY TAKES AT LEAST THREE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF ABOVE NORMAL
RAINFALL TO END A DROUGHT.

SOME SIGNIFICANT HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS TO WATER SUPPLY ARE STILL
OCCURRING AND STREAM FLOWS AND GROUND WATER TABLES ARE VERY LOW IN
MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA.

SEE HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/FFC/RAINDEF FOR THE LATEST U.S. DROUGHT
MONITOR IMAGE AND OTHER DROUGHT RELATED INFORMATION.

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CLIMATE IMPACTS

GENERALLY 150 TO 300 PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL OCCURRED OVER NORTH
AND CENTRAL GEORGIA DURING THE PAST 14 DAYS. THE HIGHEST RAINFALL
AMOUNTS WERE NEAR 400 PERCENT OF NORMAL.

LOCATION   TOTAL RAINFALL    NORMAL    DEPARTURE     PERCENT
            LAST 180 DAYS    VALUE     FROM NORMAL   OF NORMAL

ATLANTA         17.34        24.92       -7.58         70%
ATHENS          20.30        23.11       -2.81         88%
COLUMBUS        13.00        21.90       -8.90         59%
MACON           11.99        22.46      -10.47         53%
CARTERSVILLE    16.02        23.53       -7.51         68%
NE ATLANTA      16.00        26.12      -13.55         61%
WEST ATLANTA    14.14        25.65      -11.51         55%
GAINESVILLE     12.76        26.40      -13.64         48%
PEACHTREE CITY  13.23        24.26      -11.03         55%
ROME            13.53        24.63      -11.10         55%

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RESERVOIRS/STREAM LEVELS

CURRENT LAKE LEVELS AT USACE PROJECTS WERE MAINLY BELOW SEASONAL
POOL LEVELS FROM NEAR A HALF FOOT AT WEST POINT TO NEAR 9 FEET AT
LANIER.  THE EXCEPTION WAS AROUND 6 FEET ABOVE NORMAL AT ALLATOONA.
THE POOL LEVELS ARE PROJECTED TO REMAIN NEARLY STEADY OR SLOWLY
FALL DURING THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS. THE USACE WILL BE AT WINTER POOL
LEVELS BY DECEMBER 15 TO PROVIDE FLOOD STORAGE THROUGH THE SPRING.

LAKE       SEASONAL POOL  CURRENT LEVEL    DEPARTURE
                                           IN FEET
ALLATOONA       825          831.01         +6.01
CARTERS        1072         1065.44         -6.56
HARTWELL        656          650.22         -5.78
LANIER         1070         1061.01         -8.99
THURMOND        327          319.03         -7.97
WEST POINT      629          628.48         -0.52

AVERAGE STREAM LEVELS FOR THE PAST 7 DAYS WERE GENERALLY 2 TO 79
PERCENT OF NORMAL FLOW IN MOST OF NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA DUE TO
AREAS OF RECENT RAINFALL.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CREEKS AND SMALLER RIVERS CAN CHANGE QUICKLY DUE TO
RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAIN IF IT OCCURS.

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FIRE DANGER LEVELS

THE LATEST FIRE DANGER ASSESSMENT INDICATES A HIGH TO VERY HIGH
RISK ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ASSESSMENT CAN CHANGE RAPIDLY DUE TO CHANGES
IN MOISTURE LEVELS AND RAINFALL RECEIVED.

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TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK

FOR DECEMBER...THE OUTLOOK FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA...NEAR
EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE OR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND
PRECIPITATION ARE FORECAST.

90 DAY OUTLOOK...FOR DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY...ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE.

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THIS DATA WAS FURNISHED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
COOPERATION WITH THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY...THE GEORGIA STATE
CLIMATOLOGIST IN ATLANTA...THE GEORGIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
DIVISION...AND THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. CURRENT FIRE DANGER
ASSESSMENTS WERE PROVIDED BY THE GEORGIA FORESTRY COMMISSION.

THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY
...DECEMBER 22 2016.

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