The start of 2013 has been a good one for Elbert County and Northeast Georgia in terms of improving drought conditions.
Elbert County over the last two weeks has received four to six inches of rainfall, and State Climatologist and Meteorologist Bill Murphey says that has had some impact on the drought conditions in the county.
“Northeast Georgia showed some improvement as well, still Elbert County is in severe D2 category, and the northern part of the county received more rainfall than the southern part of the county”, said Murphey.
He says that conditions should improve over the next few weeks, as the latest weather models show a few systems making their way to the eastern seaboard.
As many may remember last year, it was a relatively dry and warm winter last year in the Southeast. Murphey says that this year has featured more winter like weather and temperatures so far.
“This year will be more winter type conditions. Not to say that we can’t warm up and have some warm days as well”, said Murphey. “The good news is that I think we are going to get some beneficial recharge as the winter progresses, which is nice.”
He says the reason for that is the progressive weather pattern which we are currently experiencing.