Elbert County’s drought status has improved slightly since last week’s rains swept through the area.
According to State Climatologist and Meteorologist Bill Murphey, areas of the county saw between one and two inches of rainfall.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor Report shows the southern half of the county remaining in D-zero classifications, which means abnormally dry.
Year to date numbers now show Elbert County at just over seven inches below normal rainfall amounts.
“Which is not too bad, but is something to keep an eye on. It does show there is some longer term dryness starting to sneak in, and again much of this is on the southern half of the county”, said Murphey. “So, Elbert County, the southern part heading toward Oglethorpe and Wilkes Counties is actually in D-Zero right now.”
The new couple of days in our area are going to be quite pleasant, but Murphey says to enjoy them while you can.
“Next couple of days look really nice, night time lows look really good, so enjoy those because it looks like we are back in the soup early next week and even toward the end of this weekend”, said Murphey.
The latest drought report shows that 63% of the state remains drought free, compared to the rest of the state which has some form of classified dryness or drought conditions.