Update on Georgia drought 

Posted: 12:40 pm Thursday, December 8th, 2016

By Kirk Mellish

In general, a one-category improvement was made to the drought depiction in areas which received 3 inches of rain or more during the past 1-2 weeks. This included eastern Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and significant portions of Alabama, Georgia, the Florida Panhandle, and the higher terrain of the Carolinas.

There was a 6% improvement or lessening of the portion of Georgia in the worst drought category and a 12% improvement in the next worse drought category. About 9 million Georgia residents remain under a drought classification.

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RAINFALL THE LAST 30 DAYS:

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HOW MUCH IMPROVEMENT AND WHERE:

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Lake Lanier is still down 10 feet and Allatoona is down 9 feet. Daily lake level updates here

RAINFALL PREDICTED OVER THE NEXT 7 DAYS:

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Amount of rainfall needed above normal to wipe out drought:

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The drainage basin for Lanier is small so it is hard to catch rain efficiently:

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