Drought continues to intensify; little change in level of Lanier

Drought conditions continued to push farther to the southeast across north Georgia this past week and “moderate” conditions now extend as far south as the Hall County borders with Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. And “severe” drought now encompasses the northwestern corner of Dawson and all of northwest Georgia except the far corner at the Tennessee and Alabama lines where “extreme” conditions have been noted.

As far as the rest of the state is concerned, it remains “drought-free) except for a few counties along the coast and in southwest Georgia.

Meanwhile, the level of Lake Lanier continues to drop although it lost only a third of a foot since this time last week. The level Thursday stood at 1064.3, which is about seven feet below normal for this time of the year.