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Issued by NWS Greer, SC

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
951 PM EDT FRI MAR 31 2017

...The latest Drought Information Statement is now available
at http://weather.gov/gsp/drought...

...Modest Drought Improvement Observed Across the North Carolina
Central and Northern Mountains While Remainder of the Western
Carolinas and Northeast Georgia Await Much-Needed Significant
Rainfall to Begin April...

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SYNOPSIS...
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Just prior to the rainfall on March 31, 2017 and the anticipated wet
start to April, drought conditions have improved modestly across the
North Carolina central and northern mountains due to a wetter March.
While departures from normal precip in March were less than they
were in February, the lack of near-normal to above-normal precip
outside of the interior mountain regions allowed drought conditions
to persist through March 30, 2017.  The dry conditions actually
allowed groundwater and streamflow values to fall further behind and
complicated attempts to recharge water supplies before the summer
months, especially along the Keowee-Toxaway-Savannah Basin.  However,
important rainfall occurred on March 31, 2017 and additional
significant rainfall will fall across the entire region during the
first week of April.  This rainfall is expected to contribute
significantly to the recharge necessary to prepare for the seasonal
peak in water demand but is not anticipated to completely overcome
long-term deficits.

Therefore, this drought information statement has been produced in
order to provide a historical marker for the current drought prior
to this anticipated partial recharge.

FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, PLEASE VISIT: http://weather.gov/gsp/drought

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JMP



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