Drought Monitor Update: Conditions Worsening Across Southeast Region

Clint Thompson Drought

By Clint Thompson

The lingering drought conditions are worsening and expanding across the Southeast.

The drought blankets all of Alabama. It covers all of western Georgia and into the northeast part of the state. The Florida Panhandle and Northeast Florida are mostly dry. This is according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Most of Alabama is at least moderately dry, though, a severe drought covers much of southern Alabama. An extreme drought is seen in Mobile, Baldwin, Monrore, Conecuh and Escambia counties.

Georgia’s dry areas start with a severe drought in Seminole and Decatur counties in the southwest part of the state. Abnormally dry conditions span across all of western Georgia and stretch northward to Dade and Walker counties which are severely dry. Dry conditions are also seen in Hart, Elbert, Lincoln and Columbia counties in Northeast Georgia, and Chatham and Bryan counties along the Atlantic Coast.

The worst conditions in Florida remain in the southwest part of the state, with an extreme drought being reported in Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties. A severe drought is observed in the Florida Panhandle, starting in Escambia County and stretching eastward to Jackson and Washington counties.