Drought area, intensity continue to shrink; Lanier reaches full pool

The drought that has been present in Georgia for several months continued to wither the past week – in both coverage area and intensity.

As of Thursday, the part of Georgia suffering from some degree of drought had shrunk to about eight percent, concentrated mostly to the northwest corner of the state, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor (UADM). The exceptions are small portions of seven counties in northeast Georgia, including Lumpkin and Dawson.

Most of the affected counties are considered “abnormally” dry with a few pockets that are a little more severe.

And the level of Lake Lanier has now reached full pool for the first time in recent months. Just three months ago in the throes of the drought it was six feet below normal.

You can check conditions in each county in the state and the rest of the country here: Georgia | U.S. Drought Monitor (unl.edu)