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State Climate Office                
NEWS RELEASE         
June 6, 2017

State sees positive changes in county drought statuses

South Carolina Drought Map for June 6, 2017

Move cursor over the dates below to view a previous drought status map.
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 | 
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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 has downgraded the statuses of multiple counties around the state due to recent increased precipitation. South Carolina has seen a good amount of rain since the committee met in April, and members discussed Tuesday the state’s overall improved drought conditions

All counties in the state are now at either normal drought status or incipient. The Northeast region was downgraded from incipient to normal and all counties in the South region remained at normal status. Georgetown County in the Central region was downgraded from incipient to normal, counties in the Midlands remain at normal status, and Upstate counties were downgraded to incipient. In the West region, Abbeville and McCormick counties were downgraded from moderate to incipient. Aiken, Edgefield, and Barnwell counties remain in incipient status. The Southern Savannah counties remained normal while the upper Savannah Basin counties of Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson, which were previously in severe drought status, have also been downgraded to normal. This dramatic change in drought status brought about a lengthy discussion amongst committee members.

"We've experienced a drastic turnaround in just two months' time," Naturalist and West Region Drought Committee Member Dennis Chastain stated. "Groundwater has significantly improved. Streams are flowing well. There are no water supply problems. And agriculture at all levels seems to be in great shape. These changes justified the downgrading of Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson counties."

Improved conditions in other parts of the state also served as evidence that downgraded drought statuses were warranted.

"Streamflow conditions and groundwater conditions have greatly improved throughout the state over the past two months," SCDNR Hydrologist Scott Harder added. "In addition, reservoirs across much of the state are near or above their target levels for this time of year, and though lakes in the Savannah Basin are still approximately five to six feet below their targets, water levels have risen substantially in these reservoirs over the past several months."

Regarding the Upstate counties in the Central drought management area, a number of indicators do lend support to a designation of no drought (normal status) at this time. But others indicate the region may not have fully crossed over into that status

"Periodic rains boost stream flows, and then they fall back to the low end of normal range or below," Spartanburg Water Compliance Manager John Westcott pointed out. "April was a great rainfall month, May was a good one, and the jury is still out for June. For these reasons, we decided to make the more conservative call of incipient drought, the lowest level of drought status for certain counties."

The committee will continue to monitor conditions and will meet during the summer 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
Normal
ANDERSON
Normal
BAMBERG
Normal
BARNWELL
Incipient
BEAUFORT
Normal
BERKELEY
Normal
CALHOUN
Normal
CHARLESTON
Normal
CHEROKEE
Incipient
CHESTER
Incipient
CHESTERFIELD
Normal
CLARENDON
Normal
COLLETON
Normal
DARLINGTON
Normal
DILLON
Normal
DORCHESTER
Normal
EDGEFIELD
Incipient
FAIRFIELD
Incipient
FLORENCE
Normal
GEORGETOWN
Normal
GREENVILLE
Incipient
GREENWOOD
Incipient
HAMPTON
Normal
HORRY
Normal
JASPER
Normal
KERSHAW
Normal
LANCASTER
Normal
LAURENS
Incipient
LEE
Normal
LEXINGTON
Normal
MARION
Normal
MARLBORO
Normal
MCCORMICK
Incipient
NEWBERRY
Incipient
OCONEE
Normal
ORANGEBURG
Normal
PICKENS
Normal
RICHLAND
Normal
SALUDA
Incipient
SPARTANBURG
Incipient
SUMTER
Normal
UNION
Incipient
WILLIAMSBURG
Normal
YORK
Incipient


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