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State Climate Office                
NEWS RELEASE #15-13          DNR News 803-667-0696
June 19, 2015

SC Drought Committee upgrades drought status for 28 counties

South Carolina Drought Map for June 19, 2015

Move cursor over the dates below to view a previous drought status map.
Jan 15,2015  |  Nov 20, 2014 |  Sep 16, 2014 |  Apr 24, 2013 |  Jan 31, 2013 |  Dec 11, 2012 | 
Sep 27, 2012 |  Jul 19, 2012 |  Jun 6, 2012 |  Apr 25, 2012 |  Mar 9, 2012 |  Nov 8, 2011 | 
Sep 29, 2011 |  Sep 8, 2011 |  Jul 14, 2011 |  Jun 17, 2011 |  Jun 2, 2011 |  Feb 3, 2011 | 
Nov 23, 2010 |  Oct 7, 2010 |  Jul 9, 2010 |  Dec 9, 2009 |  Oct 16, 2009 |  Sep 24, 2009 | 
Sep 2, 2009 |  Jun 10, 2009 |  Apr 15, 2009 |  Feb 19, 2009 |  Oct 28, 2008 |  Sep 16, 2008 | 
Aug 5, 2008 |  Jun 30, 2008 |  Apr 16, 2008 |  Jan 22, 2008 |  Sep 5, 2007 |  Jun 6, 2007 | 
May 8, 2007 |  Feb 23, 2007 |  Sep 20, 2006 |  Aug 16, 2006 |  Apr 27, 2006 | 
For previously issued drought statements see the archived status reports.

Table of all counties and drought status.
Drought Response Committee Meeting Sign-In sheet.

The S.C. Drought Response Committee, meeting via conference call on June 19, upgraded the drought status to the first level of drought, incipient, for 28 counties: Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter, Williamsburg and York.

There was support from multiple indicators such as the 30 Day Percent of Normal Rainfall, 60 Day Percent of Normal Rainfall, the US Drought Monitor and the Crop Moisture Index to upgrade the 28 counties to the first level of drought. The table below provides selected rainfall totals from across the state for the past 30 days. The locations with rainfall above 4" are generally in the areas with no drought.

STATION NAMERAINFALL
(Inches)
STATION NAME RAINFALL
(Inches)
Florence 5.1W 1.46 Aiken 1.6 NNW 3.29
Manning 1.9 SSE 1.47 Chesnee 3.9 SSW 4.51
Hartsville 5.4 WSW 1.74 Greenwood 7.8 NE 4.27
Walterboro 3.0 NNW 2.13 Daufuskie Island 1.7 SW 6.15
Orangeburg 3.2 NW 2.52 Silverstreet 5.7 WNW 6.46
Reevesville 1.0 SSE 2.63 Trenton 6.5 SSW 7.11
Pawleys Island 5.6 NNE 3.03 Salem 5.8 SSE 7.85
Lake Wylie 2.3 SW 3.21 West Columbia 5.9 WSW 12.45

According to reports from the Pee Dee, there are some areas that haven't received any rain in three to four weeks. Corn in those areas has been continuously stressed under the recent scorching heat. Even though a few areas are receiving scattered storms, the coverage is limited. Very few pockets have received any significant rainfall.

Brad Boozer, from the SC Department of Agriculture, stated, "Several areas across the state are very dry at the present time and most farmers are waiting on some moisture to start planting soybeans. The dry weather has taken a toll on dryland corn and some beef cattle farmers have started to feed hay throughout several areas. Extreme temperatures this past week have not helped the crop outlook."

According to Dr. Hope Mizzell, SC State Climatologist, "The temperature at many locations climbed above 100 degrees for several consecutive days which significantly increased evaporation rates and escalated the drying conditions. Four locations, Cades, Bishopville, Hartsville, and Bamberg reached 104 degrees. Not much relief from the heat is expected with above normal temperatures forecasted through the end of June."

As for the Upstate, "We seem to be on the storm track here in the upper Savannah basin. We are getting rain about every other day, enough to keep us from showing any signs of drought at this point," said committee member and Pickens County resident Dennis Chastain. "We'll have to monitor the situation closely though, because this time of year things can turn around on a dime."

The Committee will continue to monitor the situation since some counties only need a few rainfall events to move out of drought, while without rain, some counties can quickly slip into drought. The incipient drought declaration is followed by increasing levels of severity to moderate, severe and extreme.

Contact Dr. Mizzell in Columbia at (803) 734-9568 or e-mail at mizzellh@dnr.sc.gov for more information.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people. Find out more about DNR at the DNR Web site.

Drought Status Table

Current Drought Status by County
Normal Incipient Moderate Severe Extreme
County
Status
County
Status
County
Status
County
Status
County
Status
ABBEVILLE
Normal
AIKEN
Incipient
ALLENDALE
Incipient
ANDERSON
Normal
BAMBERG
Incipient
BARNWELL
Incipient
BEAUFORT
Normal
BERKELEY
Incipient
CALHOUN
Incipient
CHARLESTON
Incipient
CHEROKEE
Normal
CHESTER
Incipient
CHESTERFIELD
Incipient
CLARENDON
Incipient
COLLETON
Incipient
DARLINGTON
Incipient
DILLON
Incipient
DORCHESTER
Incipient
EDGEFIELD
Normal
FAIRFIELD
Incipient
FLORENCE
Incipient
GEORGETOWN
Incipient
GREENVILLE
Normal
GREENWOOD
Normal
HAMPTON
Incipient
HORRY
Incipient
JASPER
Normal
KERSHAW
Incipient
LANCASTER
Incipient
LAURENS
Normal
LEE
Incipient
LEXINGTON
Normal
MARION
Incipient
MARLBORO
Incipient
MCCORMICK
Normal
NEWBERRY
Normal
OCONEE
Normal
ORANGEBURG
Incipient
PICKENS
Normal
RICHLAND
Normal
SALUDA
Normal
SPARTANBURG
Normal
SUMTER
Incipient
UNION
Normal
WILLIAMSBURG
Incipient
YORK
Incipient


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