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South Carolina Current Drought Status

State Climate Office                
NEWS RELEASE          DNR News 803-667-0696
June 28, 2004

DROUGHT DOWNGRADED FOR MANY SC COUNTIES

South Carolina Drought Map for June 28, 2004

For previously issued drought statements see the archived status reports.

Table of all counties and drought status.
Drought Response Committee Meeting Sign-In sheet.

Recent rains have relieved the Normal drought conditions for many South Carolina counties. According to Hope Mizzell, SC State Climatologist, some locations have received over 10 inches this month while others are reporting less than one inch. Overall, the situation has improved since the incipient drought declaration was issued June 8th. The SC Department of Natural Resources will leave the incipient drought declaration in place for counties reporting below normal June rainfall. These counties are Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Williamsburg. Localized heavy rainfall is expected across the State during the upcoming week that may alleviate drought conditions in some areas currently under the incipient drought. The SC Department of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

Contact Dr. Mizzell in Columbia at (803) 734-9568 or e-mail at mizzellh@dnr.sc.gov for more information.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people. Find out more about DNR at the DNR Web site.

Drought Status Table

Current Drought Status by County
Normal Incipient Moderate Severe Extreme
County
Status
County
Status
County
Status
County
Status
County
Status
ABBEVILLE
Normal
AIKEN
Normal
ALLENDALE
Normal
ANDERSON
Normal
BAMBERG
Normal
BARNWELL
Normal
BEAUFORT
Normal
BERKELEY
Incipient
CALHOUN
Incipient
CHARLESTON
Incipient
CHEROKEE
Normal
CHESTER
Normal
CHESTERFIELD
Incipient
CLARENDON
Incipient
COLLETON
Normal
DARLINGTON
Incipient
DILLON
Incipient
DORCHESTER
Incipient
EDGEFIELD
Normal
FAIRFIELD
Normal
FLORENCE
Incipient
GEORGETOWN
Incipient
GREENVILLE
Normal
GREENWOOD
Normal
HAMPTON
Normal
HORRY
Incipient
JASPER
Normal
KERSHAW
Incipient
LANCASTER
Normal
LAURENS
Normal
LEE
Incipient
LEXINGTON
Normal
MARION
Incipient
MARLBORO
Incipient
MCCORMICK
Normal
NEWBERRY
Normal
OCONEE
Normal
ORANGEBURG
Incipient
PICKENS
Normal
RICHLAND
Normal
SALUDA
Normal
SPARTANBURG
Normal
SUMTER
Incipient
UNION
Normal
WILLIAMSBURG
Incipient
YORK
Normal


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