Habersham County, GA
Last Updated on Jun 26 2017, 6:55 pm EDT
Current Conditions: Fair
Wind: NW at 5mph
A sliver of drought is all that remains across Habersham County.
As quickly as it began just one year ago, the persistent drought Northeast Georgia has been stuck in is quickly disappearing. Just over the past two weeks we have seen the area drop from covering most of Northeast Georgia to only a sliver running through Lumpkin, White and Habersham Counties. The latest from the U.S. Drought Monitor folks can be seen to the right, and you can see only a very small area of D0 (abnormal dry) and D1 (moderate) level drought left across the region.
Just one month ago this same area was still considered under the highest level possible, a D4 extreme drought. The recent rains have worked fantastically to drop our rainfall deficits, and the past three months have seen an overall surplus of several inches.
Extended weather models continue to show above average precipitation across the southeast throughout the month of June, and the coming week or two certainly show that coming to fruition with more afternoon storms likely each day starting this coming Monday/Tuesday.
12 month rainfall deficits have been slashed significantly over the past two months thanks to the well-above-average rainfall. They now range anywhere from 16″ in Cornelia to 9″ in Gainesville. Compared to the 26″ deficit Cornelia was in at the beginning of the year you can see just how much improvement we have seen.
Here are some of the local 12 month rainfall deficits as of 6/1/17 (with TWO month change in parentheses):
Cornelia: -16.09″ (+8.65″)
Clayton: -15.20″ (+9.16″)
Dahlonega: -13.02″ (+10.41″)
Elberton: -12.28″ (+8.55″)
Gainesville: -8.78″ (+10.5″)
Also of note is that the 3 month deficits are positive across the entire region, also a first since 2015. Here are the 3 month rainfall deficits(as of 5/31/17) for the same stations:
And here are a few of the current lake level deficits (as of 6/9/17):
Stay with Now Habersham for the latest on the drought and other weather news and information.