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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

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE September 10, 1998 Drought Status Report

WIDESPREAD RAINFALL ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL SYSTEM EARL
RELIEVES DROUGHT CONDITIONS

Widespread rainfall produced by tropical system Earl has alleviated drought conditions. Many areas of the state received over four inches of rain last week during the passage of tropical system Earl, according to state climatologist Dr. Michael Helfert with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). The statewide average for the event was 3.50 inches (see Rainfall Summary Table). The SCDNR had earlier downgraded the moderate declaration for all counties except Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield, Hampton, Jasper, Orangeburg, and Saluda. This announcement lifts the moderate declaration for the above listed nine counties as well as the incipient declaration statewide. The SCDNR's Land, Water & Conservation Division will continue to monitor state water supplies and assess the potential for a dry winter and early spring.

For more information contact Michael Helfert or Hope Mizzell: 803-737-0800

Tropical System Earl Preliminary Rainfall Summary
September 3 - 4, 1998

Station             Precip. (inches)
Climate Division 1
CAESARS HEAD             0.21
Climate Division 2
ANDERSON                 1.55
ANDERSON FAA AIRPORT     1.39
CLEMSON COLLEGE          0.86
CLINTON                  3.35
GAFFNEY 6 E              3.35
GASTON SHOALS            1.95
GRNVL SPART WSO AP       1.64
LOCKHART                 3.84
PICKENS 5 SE             0.59
SALEM 1 SW               0.04
RAINBOW LAKE             2.11
UNION 8 SW               4.47
WALHALLA                 0.01
WEST PELZER              1.58
WOODRUFF 5 NW            2.30
Climate Division 3
CAMDEN 2 WSW             6.11
CATAWBA                  7.08
CHESTER 1 NW             5.67
FORT MILL 4 NW           3.82
Climate Division 4
CADES 4 W                3.16
CHERAW                   3.13
CHESTERFIELD 3 SW        4.22
CONWAY                   2.03
DILLON                   2.15
EFFINGHAM                3.03
FLORENCE 8 NE            3.07
HARTSVILLE               4.00
KINGSTREE                2.77
LORIS                    2.72
MULLINS 4 W              1.94
MYRTLE BEACH 2           2.90
Climate Division 5
AIKEN 4 NE               7.39
ANTREVILLE               2.43
CALHOUN FALLS            2.09
CHAPPELLS                4.92
CLARK HILL 1 W           5.87
EDGEFIELD 3 NNE          5.52
GREENWOOD 3 SW           2.45
JOHNSTON 4 SW            5.36
MC CORMICK 9 E           4.34
SALUDA                   6.05
WARE SHOALS              2.40
Climate Division 6
BATESBURG                5.75
BISHOPVILLE 3 W          4.05
CEDAR CREEK              4.87
COLUMBIA WSFO AP         5.24
EUTAWVILLE               2.63
HOLLY HILL               3.31
ORANGEBURG 2             5.18
PELION 4 NW              7.10
RIMINI                   5.40
SANDHILL EXP. STN        5.90
SPRINGFIELD              4.82
SUMTER                   4.32
Climate Division 7
ALLENDALE                3.78
BEAUFORT 7 SW            2.77
BLACKVILLE 3 W           4.80
BRANCHVILLE 6 S          3.76
CHARLESTON WSO AP        2.60
PINOPOLIS DAM            1.98
RIDGEVILLE               1.97
ST GEORGE                2.80
SULLIVANS ISLAND         1.17
WALTERBORO               3.61

Statewide Average 3.5

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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