Winter drought spreads 

Posted: 9:24 am Thursday, January 25th, 2018

By Kirk Mellish

77 million people in the lower 48 states are in a drought area or 35.4% of the population, the most dry area coverage since September 2013.

In Georgia over 4 million residents are under some kind of drought classification, with level 2 out of 5 severe drought in the Southwest part of the state.

Obviously impacts are less in the winter than during the growing season.

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It has been drier than normal for the past 3-4 months:

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Needed rainfall is in the 5 day outlook, heaviest in South Georgia: