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South Carolina Current Drought Status

State Climate Office                 803-734-9100
SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE #10-226          DNR News 803-667-0696
October 7, 2010

HEAVY RAINFALL LAST WEEK RELIEVES DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN NINE COUNTIES

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.

Discussion:

Heavy rainfall last week has alleviated drought conditions in nine counties; Charleston, Berkeley, Georgetown, Williamsburg, Horry Marlboro, Dillon, Marion, and Florence (see table below). According to Mark Malsick, South Carolina State Climatology Office Severe Weather Liaison, "Last week's heavy rain was due to several distinct, inter-related weather features. A passing cold front brought the first rain across the state on Sunday and Monday. This front stalled offshore and became a conduit that tapped into tropical Gulf of Mexico moist air. Midweek, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole streamed north, a compact low pressure center formed on the stalled front triggering more thunderstorms and heavy rain for the coast and Pee Dee region."

Hope Mizzell, S.C. State Climatologist, "September was on tap to be one of the driest on record until last week's rain. For some locations, like Andrews, it went from being the second driest September (0.38") to the fifth wettest (10.18") in 50 years. The very dry conditions preceding the rain helped minimize the flooding impacts. All locations received welcome rain last week, but 37 counties will remain in drought because the rainfall amounts were not sufficient to improve all drought indicators."

25-30 September, 2010 Rainfall Summary: (*Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (COCORAHS) Stations)

StationRainfall Totals
Myrtle Beach 5.3 W*14.15"
Murrells Inlet 0.3 SSW*12.28"
Hemingway 11.6 SE*11.54"
Bennettsville 1.2 SE*10.34"
North Inlet10.43"
Conway10.20"
McClellanville9.96"
Andrews9.80"
Georgetown9.44"
Quinby8.85"
Mullins8.81"
Loris8.75"
Kingstree8.73"
Gallivants Ferry8.60"
Bennettsville8.49"
Cades8.38"
North Myrtle Beach8.27"
Florence8.13"
Mount Pleasant 7.9 NNE*4.40"
Jamestown8.04"
Charleston Air Force Base6.74"

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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