Posted: 8:08 am Friday, June 30th, 2017

No drought in Atlanta 

By Kirk Mellish

ONLY the southernmost edge of the Atlanta Metro area still has a slight drought lingering, and in the entire state only 12, 600 residents are under a drought classification.

The rain is back AFTER the 6-day dry spell we had.

No surprise given how much more than normal rain has fallen over the past 60 days:

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5-15 inches last two months, 30 to 100% above-normal:

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And there is NO sustained hot spell in sight rest of the summer, just come and go heat.

EXCESSIVE RAINFALL POTENTIAL TODAY:

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3-DAY RAINFALL ON AVERAGE:

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And no return to severe drought as above-average rain expected between now and mid-August:

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Georgia saw substantial improvements over the past week. Although there are some areas of lingering dryness in northern, central, and southern Georgia, only a small pocket of D1 remains, in southern White County in the northeast.

Thanks to the increased rain and cloud cover Atlanta has had ONLY 3 days where the high temperature reached at least 90, compared to 22 at this point last summer!

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In the rest of the Southeast moisture from Tropical Storm Cindy brought widespread heavy rains to alleviate lingering drought and dryness in several locations. The rain was enough to wash away all D1 and substantially shrink the remaining abnormally dry region in northwestern Alabama into northeastern Mississippi.

Moderate drought conditions were alleviated in several counties, where precipitation has been up to around 250% of average over the past month. The area of abnormal dryness that remains is related to long-term deficits, which more bouts of normal to above-normal rainfall will help improve.

In Florida, the wet season, which is typically from June to November, began on time and with a lot of moisture. The entire state has seen 125% or more of its normal rainfall over the past 2 months. All residual dryness from the drier-than-normal dry season is no longer a concern, making the state completely drought free for the first time since early July 2016.

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