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NEWS RELEASE         
November, 27 2017

Drought Response Committee updates county statuses

South Carolina Drought Map for November 27, 2017

Move cursor over the dates below to view a previous drought status map.
Aug 11, 2017 |  Jun 6, 2017 |  Apr 6, 2017 |  Feb 2, 2017 |  Dec 1, 2016 |  Oct 26, 2016 | 
Aug 17, 2016 |  Jul 8, 2016 |  Oct 5, 2015 |  Sep 24, 2015 |  Jul 16, 2015 |  Jun 19, 2015 | 
Jan 15,2015  |  Nov 20, 2014 |  Sep 16, 2014 |  Apr 24, 2013 |  Jan 31, 2013 |  Dec 11, 2012 | 
Sep 27, 2012 |  Jul 19, 2012 |  Jun 6, 2012 |  Apr 25, 2012 |  Mar 9, 2012 |  Nov 8, 2011 | 
Sep 29, 2011 |  Sep 8, 2011 |  Jul 14, 2011 |  Jun 17, 2011 |  Jun 2, 2011 |  Feb 3, 2011 | 
Nov 23, 2010 |  Oct 7, 2010 |  Jul 9, 2010 |  Dec 9, 2009 |  Oct 16, 2009 |  Sep 24, 2009 | 
Sep 2, 2009 |  Jun 10, 2009 |  Apr 15, 2009 |  Feb 19, 2009 |  Oct 28, 2008 |  Sep 16, 2008 | 
Aug 5, 2008 |  Jun 30, 2008 |  Apr 16, 2008 |  Jan 22, 2008 |  Sep 5, 2007 |  Jun 6, 2007 | 
May 8, 2007 |  Feb 23, 2007 |  Sep 20, 2006 |  Aug 16, 2006 |  Apr 27, 2006 |  Jul 15, 2004 | 
Jun 28, 2004 |  Jun 8, 2004 |  Apr 24, 2003 |  Nov 21, 2002 |  Sep 24, 2002 |  Aug 26, 2002 | 
Jul 24, 2002 |  Jun 19, 2002 |  May 31, 2001 |  Jul 26, 2000 |  Jun 7, 2000 |  May 24, 2000 | 
Oct 21, 1999 |  Sep 30, 1999 |  Sep 9, 1999 |  Aug 11, 1999 |  Jun 8, 1999 |  May 4, 1999 | 
Apr 20, 1999 |  Jan 28, 1999 |  Nov 10, 1998 |  Sep 10, 1998 |  Aug 19, 1998 |  Jul 14, 1998 | 
Jul 1, 1998 | 
For previously issued drought statements see the archived status reports.

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

The S.C. Drought Response Committee met Monday via conference call to update the drought statuses of all counties in South Carolina.

While no major drought impacts were reported, some members of the committee expressed concern about the potential for dry conditions due to La Nina. Winter rainfall is depended upon for groundwater and surface water recharging.

"The drought statuses for 15 counties were upgraded since rainfall in those areas has generally been less than four inches in the last 60 days," SCDNR State Climatologist Hope Mizzell said. "The counties upgraded to incipient include Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Chesterfield, Colleton, Dillon, Dorchester, Hampton, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Richland, and York. Incipient status is considered a 'drought watch' phase."

And while wildfire occurrence has been low so far this month, fuels that grew over the growing season are rapidly curing.

"If dry conditions continue, we expect to see a rise in the number of wildfires, especially on days when high winds coincide with low relative humidity," S.C. Forestry Commission Forest Protection Chief Darryl Jones added. "A developing drought could also result in poor seedling survival as we enter tree planting season."

Some parts of the state, however, have received above-normal rainfall and were downgraded to more positive drought statuses.

"Above-normal rainfalls in the upper Savannah Basin over the past several months have improved streamflow conditions in Oconee and Anderson counties," SCDNR Senior Hydrologist Scott Harder stated. "The improved streamflow conditions supported the removal of an incipient drought status for these two counties. In the Pee Dee Basin, below-normal streamflow levels supported the upgrade in drought status to incipient for the counties of Chesterfield, Darlington, Marlboro, Dillon and Marion."

The committee will continue to monitor the weather and will meet again as needed.

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


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