Drought Conditions Improving in North Ga.

A rainy start to 2013 results in a lessening of drought conditions in north Georgia.

According to last week’s latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, Stephens County, along with Franklin, Habersham, and Rabun counties and the rest of far northern Georgia is no longer in abnormally dry or drought conditions.

The line of abnormally dry conditions has now retreated to Hart County and points south.

Downtown Toccoa has received 10.89 inches of precipitation as of 7 a.m. today. That includes 1.3 inches of rain received last night and early this morning.

As of this time last year, downtown Toccoa had received 6.12 inches of precipitation.

86 percent of Georgia is still under dry or drought conditions. That is down from the week prior, when nearly 92 percent of the state was classified as being abnormally dry or in drought.

As of Thursday’s Drought Monitor report, 79 percent of the state still falls under what the U.S. Drought Monitor classifies as “severe, exceptional, or extreme” drought.

The worst areas of drought in Georgia are located in the central part of the state, where 12 percent of the state is under exceptional drought.