Drought conditions now cover 60% of Ga.

That includes all of northeast Georgia and compares to 50 percent a week ago, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM).

In addition, the part of Georgia considered suffering from extreme drought conditions continued to expand to the southeast from northwest Georgia and now threatens Hall County and others in the area. The leading edge of that designation now cuts through the middle of Dawson County and covers almost half of Lumpkin. “Exceptional” conditions, the most serious designation on the USDM’s scale, now occupy the extreme northwestern corner of Georgia.

You can check the drought status in the rest of the state and country by clicking here Georgia | U.S. Drought Monitor (unl.edu)

Meanwhile, the level of Lake Lanier is 1063.4 as of Thursday morning, about eight feet below normal for this time of year, a half-foot lower than a week ago and two feet lower than a month ago.Lake Lanier Water Level History (uslakes.info)