Drought Conditions Improving

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that drought conditions have improved in Stephens County and northeast Georgia following last week’s rains.

Nearly four inches of rain fell on downtown Toccoa during the early part of last week.

Following that rain, the U.S. Drought Monitor report indicates that the majority of Stephens County is completely drought-free.

A line of what the drought monitor terms “abnormally dry” conditions extends from the Stephens/Franklin County line west across the state.

In the previous drought monitor report, all of Stephens County was considered “abnormally dry.”

The line for what is termed “moderate drought” has now shifted south from the Stephens/Franklin county line to a line from western Elbert County to southern Hart County and across to the Franklin/Madison County line.

Overall, 42 percent of Georgia is drought-free, compared to 37 percent in the week prior.

The worst drought conditions in Georgia exist in central Georgia, along with a small portion of west Georgia, where nine percent of the state is in “exceptional drought.”