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South Carolina Current Drought Status

State Climate Office                
NEWS RELEASE          DNR News 803-667-0696
October 21, 1999

DROUGHT DOWNGRADED FOR ALL COUNTIES IN S.C.

South Carolina Drought Map for October 21, 1999

For previously issued drought statements see the archived status reports.

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

South Carolina's drought has been downgraded for all counties. The State and Local Drought Response committees met Thursday, Oct. 21 in Columbia to discuss drought conditions across the state. The consensus of the group was that recent rains have been sufficient to relieve drought conditions statewide.

Hope Mizzell, state drought program coordinator, says only a few isolated locations are still experiencing a 12-14 inch rainfall deficit for the year. However, numerous locations are more than 9 inches below normal for the year despite the recent rains. Annual rainfall deficits include: Greenville/Sptbg. -11.6; Walhalla -12.8; Columbia -14.6; Johnston -11.4; Blackville -5.3; Allendale -7.1; Beaufort -2.6; Charleston -4.1; Myrtle Beach +11.9.

South Carolina Forestry Commission spokesman Ken Cabe says, "Recent rainfall has dampened surface fuels enough to reduce immediate wildfire danger. Frequent rain will be needed throughout the fall and winter months to keep fire occurrence at manageable levels."

Based on these considerations the committees unanimously voted to remove the drought declaration from Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Chesterfield, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Jasper, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties. Drought declarations for Dillon, Georgetown, Horry and Marion counties were lifted in September. The remaining counties in the Midlands and the Upstate were downgraded to incipient.

However, Dr. Michael Helfert, state climatologist says, "Recent rains may only provide temporary relief since all National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration long-range climate models indicate drought conditions will return by November/December 1999 and possibly persist through March 2000. Decision-makers must consider the impacts of only receiving 60 percent to 80 percent of normal winter/spring rainfall through March 2000."

The DNR will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed. Integrated drought information is available on the DNR's State Climatology Office Internet Web Site.

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
Incipient
AIKEN
Incipient
ALLENDALE
Normal
ANDERSON
Incipient
BAMBERG
Normal
BARNWELL
Normal
BEAUFORT
Normal
BERKELEY
Normal
CALHOUN
Incipient
CHARLESTON
Incipient
CHEROKEE
Incipient
CHESTER
Incipient
CHESTERFIELD
Normal
CLARENDON
Incipient
COLLETON
Normal
DARLINGTON
Normal
DILLON
Normal
DORCHESTER
Normal
EDGEFIELD
Incipient
FAIRFIELD
Incipient
FLORENCE
Normal
GEORGETOWN
Normal
GREENVILLE
Incipient
GREENWOOD
Incipient
HAMPTON
Incipient
HORRY
Normal
JASPER
Normal
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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