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South Carolina Drought News Release

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Land, Water and Conservation Division
South Carolina Drought Response Program
Department of Natural Resources News (803) 734-4133

July 15, 2004


Increased rainfall frequency and coverage have alleviated the incipient drought conditions for those counties remaining in drought. According to Hope Mizzell, SC State Climatologist, the 18 counties reporting below normal June rainfall have received enough rainfall to reduce drought concerns at this time. On June 28th the incipient drought declaration was removed for most South Carolina counties. The remaining 18 counties being downgraded today are Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Williamsburg. Mizzell points out that isolated locations within South Carolina have received below normal rainfall for the past two months, but no impacts have been reported. A pattern of near normal precipitation is forecasted statewide for July 19-24, 2004. The SC Department of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

Find out more about the State Climatology Office at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/ or by calling (803) 734-9100.

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