Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
1002 PM EDT FRI AUG 21 2015

...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXPAND INTO INTERIOR PARTS OF
SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA...

SYNOPSIS...
THE COMBINATION OF DRY PERIODS THIS PAST SPRING AND A VERY HOT
AND DRY EARLY SUMMER HAS HELPED TO PRODUCE DROUGHT CONDITIONS
ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND PARTS OF GEORGIA. WHILE COASTAL
LOCATIONS HAVE RECEIVED NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL
SO FAR IN 2015 AND REMAIN OUT OF DROUGHT...INLAND AREAS ARE
RUNNING RAINFALL DEFICITS. THIS HAS PRODUCED A NUMBER OF DROUGHT
IMPACTS FOR THE REGION.

DROUGHT STATUS...
SEVERE DROUGHT /D2/...
SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...BERKELEY...DORCHESTER...COLLETON...
HAMPTON AND ALLENDALE.
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA...SCREVEN...JENKINS...EFFINGHAM AND BULLOCH.

MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/...
SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...JASPER.
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA...CANDLER AND BRYAN...

ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/...
SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...CHARLESTON AND BEAUFORT...
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA...CHATHAM AND EVANS...

NO DROUGHT STATUS...
SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...NO COUNTIES.
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA...TATTNALL...LONG...LIBERTY AND MCINTOSH.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
FIRE DANGER.
THERE ARE NO ACTIVE WILDFIRES. RECENT RAINFALLS HAVE DIMINISHED
THE WILDFIRE POTENTIAL FOR SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHEAST
GEORGIA. A NORMAL WILDFIRE DANGER IS EXPECTED THROUGH SEPTEMBER.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS.
AREA FARMERS ARE REPORTING THAT INCREASED IRRIGATION HAS BEEN
NECESSARY TO HELP MAINTAIN SEASONAL CROPS. NO MAJOR CROP LOSSES
HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA OR SOUTHEAST
GEORGIA. SOME LIVESTOCK LOSSES WERE REPORTED EARLIER THIS SUMMER
DURING A PERIOD OF EXTREME HEAT.

WATER RESTRICTIONS.
THE GEORGIA WATER STEWARDSHIP ACT REMAINS IN EFFECT. THIS ALLOWS
DAILY OUTDOOR WATERING FOR PURPOSES OF PLANTING...GROWING...
MANAGING OR MAINTAINING GROUND COVER...TREES...SHRUBS AND OTHER
PLANTS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 4 PM AND 10 AM. ODD-NUMBERED ADDRESSES
CAN WATER ON TUESDAYS...THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS. EVEN-NUMBERED
ADDRESSES CAN WATER ON MONDAYS...WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS. NO
FURTHER WATER RESTRICTIONS ARE KNOWN AT THIS TIME IN SOUTHEAST
GEORGIA AND SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
EARLY RAINFALL DEFICITS ARE AVERAGING 1 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS
INTERIOR AREAS TO NEAR NORMAL FOR COASTAL LOCATIONS. SOME
LOCALIZED POCKETS OF MORE EXTREME DEFICITS WERE NOTED. MOST OF
THESE DEFICITS OCCURRED DURING THE MAY TO JULY TIME FRAME WHEN AN
EXTENDED PERIOD OF DRY AND HOT CONDITIONS OCCURRED. THROUGH AUGUST
22ND...33.24 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN AT THE CHARLESTON AIRPORT
WHICH IS 0.12 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. IN DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON...31.59
INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN...WHICH IS 3.79 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. AT
THE SAVANNAH-HILTON HEAD AIRPORT...32.63 INCHES OF RAIN HAS
FALLEN...WHICH IS 0.34 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER IS FORECASTING ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA
THROUGH THE END OF SEPTEMBER. LITTLE CHANGE IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS
IS EXPECTED DURING THIS TIME UNLESS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE
IMPACTS THE AREA. THE LONG RANGE DROUGHT FORECAST CALLS FOR
DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO EXPAND AND INTENSIFY.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
AREA RIVERS THAT ARE NOT CONTROLLED BY UPSTREAM DAMS ARE RUNNING
ABOUT 10 TO 25 PERCENT OF NORMAL FLOWS FOR THIS TIME OF
YEAR...WHICH IS CONSIDERED BELOW NORMAL. DAM CONTROLLED RIVERS ARE
EXPERIENCING 25 TO 75 PERCENT FLOW RATES FOR LATE AUGUST...WHICH
IS CONSIDERED NORMAL. THROUGH LATE JULY...SOIL MOISTURE LEVELS
WERE RUNNING ABOUT 40 TO 60 PERCENT BELOW NORMAL.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 22 OR SOONER IF
NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN CONDITIONS.

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RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND
AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/...

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER /CPC/...HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV
ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...
NWS...HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS
USGS...HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV/
USACE...HTTP://WWW.MVR.USACE.ARMY.MIL

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING NOAA/S
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE
USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE NATIONAL
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS
BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES...THE USDA...USACE AND USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT
INFORMATION STATEMENT...PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
5777 SOUTH AVIATION AVE
NORTH CHARLESTON SC 29406-6162
PHONE...843-747-5860
NWS.CHARLESTONSC@NOAA.GOV

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