Much of northeast Georgia now considered in a ‘drought’

Drought conditions in Georgia over the past week continued to expand and now most of northeast Georgia is in some stage of drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM).

That includes most of Hall County – all but a part of the East Hall area bordering all of Banks and parts of Habersham and Jackson counties. The intensity of the drought in Hall and other affected parts of the region is described as “abnormally” dry by the USDM. However, there are small pockets of “severe” drought in extreme northwest and southwest Georgia.

Click here to view a map of the state which shows the extent of drought in each county

Georgia | U.S. Drought Monitor (

Meanwhile, the level of Lake Lanier continues to drop. As of Thursday morning, the Corps of Engineers reported the lake level at 1065.94, that’s about six feet below full pool.