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Drought Information Statement

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
1230 PM EDT THU AUG 4 2016

...A SHORT-TERM...SEVERE TO EXTREME DROUGHT CONTINUES OVER PORTIONS
OF NORTH GEORGIA INCLUDING THE ATLANTA METRO AREA...
...ABNORMALLY DRY TO SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO EXPAND
OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA...

SEVERAL DAYS OF SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS BROUGHT SOME MINOR
RELIEF TO THE SHORT-TERM DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL
GEORGIA DURING THE PAST 14 DAYS. SCATTERED RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO
2.5 INCHES PREVAILED WITH SOME ISOLATED SPOTS RECEIVING 3 TO 5 INCHES.
HOWEVER...AROUND HALF OF THE AREA RECEIVED 0.5 TO 1 INCH OF RAIN.
THIS HAS ALLOWED RAINFALL DEFICITS TO GRADUALLY WORSEN IN MANY
LOCATIONS DURING THE PAST 180 DAYS.

DUE TO CONSISTENT HOT TEMPERATURES IN THE 90S WITH HIGH EVAPORATION
RATES...THE SOIL MOISTURE CONTINUES TO DECLINE IN AREAS THAT RECEIVED
LESS THAN 2 INCHES OF RAIN ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA DURING
THE PAST TWO WEEKS. CONSEQUENTLY...A SEVERE TO EXTREME DROUGHT PREVAILS
OVER NORTH GEORGIA WHICH INCLUDES THE ATLANTA METRO AREA. THE DRIEST
AREAS WERE FROM TRENTON TO ROME...AROUND CANTON...AROUND HOMER...AND
FROM DALLAS THROUGH NEWNAN TO LAGRANGE AND MCDONOUGH. ABNORMALLY DRY
TO SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXPANDED OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.

SOME MINOR HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS TO WATER SUPPLY...STREAM FLOWS AND
GROUND WATER TABLES ARE CONTINUING TO OCCUR OVER MOST OF NORTH GEORGIA.
THIS INCLUDES THE LAKE LANIER POOL ELEVATION WHICH HAS FALLEN ANOTHER
THIRD OF A FOOT DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

SEE HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/FFC/?N=RAINDEF FOR THE LATEST
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR IMAGE AND OTHER DROUGHT RELATED INFORMATION.

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CLIMATE IMPACTS

GENERALLY 15 TO 90 PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL OCCURRED OVER NORTH AND
CENTRAL GEORGIA DURING THE PAST 14 DAYS. THE ISOLATED 3 TO 5 INCH
RAINFALL AMOUNTS WERE FROM 125 TO 250 PERCENT OF NORMAL.

LOCATION   TOTAL RAINFALL    NORMAL    DEPARTURE     PERCENT
            LAST 180 DAYS    VALUE     FROM NORMAL   OF NORMAL

ATLANTA         18.83        25.43       -6.60         74%
ATHENS          16.19        23.47       -7.28         69%
COLUMBUS        17.55        24.93       -7.38         70%
MACON           18.01        23.41       -5.40         77%
ROME            15.90        26.17      -10.27         61%
GAINESVILLE     18.59        26.70       -8.11         70%
CARTERSVILLE    20.51        25.90       -5.39         79%

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RESERVOIRS/STREAM LEVELS

CURRENT LAKE LEVELS AT USACE PROJECTS WERE MAINLY FROM NEAR SUMMER
POOL LEVEL AT ALLATOONA TO NEAR 5 FEET BELOW AT THURMOND. THE POOL
LEVELS ARE PROJECTED TO REMAIN NEARLY STEADY OR SLOWLY FALL DURING
THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS.

LAKE        SUMMER POOL  CURRENT LEVEL    DEPARTURE
                                           IN FEET
ALLATOONA       840          840.04         -0.04
CARTERS        1074         1070.66         -3.34
HARTWELL        660          656.06         -3.94
LANIER         1071         1066.54         -4.46
THURMOND        330          325.43         -4.57
WEST POINT      635          632.12         -2.88

AVERAGE STREAM LEVELS FOR THE PAST 14 DAYS WERE GENERALLY 2 TO 55
PERCENT OF NORMAL FLOW IN MOST OF NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA DUE TO
AREAS OF RECENT RAINFALL.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CREEKS AND SMALLER RIVERS CAN CHANGE QUICKLY DUE TO
RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAIN IF IT OCCURS.

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FIRE DANGER LEVELS

THE LATEST FIRE DANGER ASSESSMENT INDICATES A MODERATE TO HIGH RISK
ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ASSESSMENT CAN CHANGE RAPIDLY DUE TO CHANGES
IN MOISTURE LEVELS AND RAINFALL RECEIVED.

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TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK

FOR AUGUST...THE OUTLOOK FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA...ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURE AND EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE OR BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL IS
EXPECTED. THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST OVER NORTH AND
CENTRAL GEORGIA UNLESS SIGNIFICANT RAIN IS RECEIVED.

90 DAY OUTLOOK...FOR AUGUST THROUGH OCTOBER...ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURE AND BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL IS EXPECTED.

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THIS DATA WAS FURNISHED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
COOPERATION WITH THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY...THE GEORGIA STATE
CLIMATOLOGIST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA...THE GEORGIA
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION...AND THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF
ENGINEERS. CURRENT FIRE DANGER ASSESSMENTS WERE PROVIDED BY THE
GEORGIA FORESTRY COMMISSION.

THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY
...AUGUST 18 2016.

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