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South Carolina Current Drought Status

State Climate Office                 803-734-9100
SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE          DNR News 803-667-0696
November 5, 2010

S.C. Drought Response Committee Meeting, November 23, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will convene the South Carolina Drought Response Committee on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at 10:00 AM. The meeting will be held at the S.C. Forestry Commission's Large Conference Room (parking located in the back), 5500 Broad River Road in Columbia.

The purpose of the drought meeting is to evaluate the drought status statewide. The committee will review climatic data, streamflow and lake level data, and drought impacts. Thirty-seven counties are currently in the first stage of drought.

Even though we have finally received some rain over the last two weeks we thought it was important to bring the committee together to review conditions before entering the winter recharge season. Due to the below normal rainfall since mid-August, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reached "Stage 1 Drought" for the Savannah River Basin and the Catawba Wateree Low Inflow Protocol is in "Stage 1 Drought" based on their criteria.

The meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss conditions in these basins and other activities underway statewide in anticipation of the forecast for below normal winter rainfall.

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

South Carolina Drought Map for October 7, 2010

For previously issued drought statements see the archived status reports.

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

Drought Status Table

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


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SC Drought Response Committee Meeting, November 5, 2010
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