Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Charleston, SC

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Charleston SC
940 PM EDT Thu May 3 2018

...SEVERE DROUGHT REMOVED ACROSS SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA AND
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA...

SYNOPSIS...
A widespread significant rainfall event occurred 23-24 April and
produced 2 to 4 inches across much of southeast Georgia and
southeast South Carolina. This rainfall was enough to improve the
drought status by 1 to 2 categories, removing all Severe Drought
(D2) from the region. Moderate Drought (D1) remains in place for
most areas, with smaller portions of some counties only under
Abnormally Dry (D0).

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
State and local actions:
None known at this time.

Agricultural impacts:
None known at this time.

Fire danger impacts:
As of May 3rd and according to the US Forest Service, the
observed fire danger class is moderate across the region.

Water restrictions:
None known at this time.

Other impacts:
None known at this time.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
Since the start of 2018, rainfall amounts are 2 to 6 inches below
normal across all of southeast Georgia and southeast South
Carolina. At the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
(KSAV), rainfall is 5.14 inches below normal for the year through
5/3. This is 62 percent of normal. At the Charleston International
Airport (KCHS), rainfall is 3.06 inches below normal for the year
through 5/3. This is 77 percent of normal. For many areas,
rainfall is actually now above normal for the last 30 and 60 days.
Longer time ranges of 90 to 180 days are still below normal.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
Over the next week, rainfall amounts are expected to be light,
generally half of an inch or less. The 1-month time period (valid
for May) and the 3-month time period (valid for May through July)
both indicate equal chances of above normal, normal, or below
normal rainfall.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
Both average streamflow and soil moisture are much improved and at
or above normal.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
This will be the final drought statement due to recent drought
improvements. Drought statements would resume if Severe Drought
(D2) returns to the area.

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RELATED WEB SITES...
Additional information on current drought conditions may be found
at the following web addresses:

US Drought Monitor:
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

US Drought Information System:
http://www.drought.gov

NOAA Drought Page:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Drought

ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...

National Weather Service:
http://water.weather.gov

US Geological Survey:
http://water.usgs.gov

US Army Corps of Engineers:
http://www.usace.army.mil

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving the
National Weather Service and National Centers for Environmental
Information, 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 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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