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State Climate Office                
NEWS RELEASE #14-187          DNR News 803-667-0696
November 20, 2014

All South Carolina Counties are now in incipient drought

South Carolina Drought Map for November 20, 2014

Move cursor over the dates below to view a previous drought status map.
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 Nov. 20, upgraded the drought status to the first level of drought for the entire state. Previously only nine counties were considered in incipient drought. The committee recognized the forecast for heavy rain next week, but decided to upgrade the incipient status statewide because they couldn't ignore the incipient drought designation by several indicators.

According to Hope Mizzell, South Carolina State Climatologist, "There was a lot of discussion about whether to upgrade certain counties especially in the Upstate since there was not overwhelming support by all indicators. However, the committee decided to err on the side of caution and upgrade the declaration. The incipient drought declaration is followed by increasing levels of severity to moderate, severe and extreme status."

Statewide rainfall totals over the past 60-days range from 1.44" at Bluffton to 7.96" at Central. Some of the driest 60-day rainfall totals are provided below (Sept. 22, 2014 to Nov. 20, 2014) which range from 20% of normal to 65% of normal.

STATION NAMERAINFALL
(Inches)
STATION NAME RAINFALL
(Inches)
Bluffton 1.44 Allendale 3.4
Aiken 1.58 Johns Island 3.61
Bennettsville 2.12 Blythewood 3.61
Columbia 2.12 Yemassee 3.63
Sumter 2.13 Summerton 3.64
Beaufort 2.37 Tega Cay 1.6 ESE 3.67
York 6.2 ENE 2.39 Georgetown 3.73
Florence 2.61 York 6.3 E 3.76
North Charleston 2.75 Orangeburg 3.76
Dillon 2.90 Charleston 3.79
Rock Hill 2.95 Wando 3.82
Hartsville 3.02 North Augusta 3.82
Barnwell 3.11 Laurens 3.82
Saluda 3.19 Lyman 4.15
Spartanburg 3.20 Anderson 4.17
Tega Cay 1.1 N 3.24 Abbeville 4.32

According to Scott Harder, S.C. Department of Natural Resources Hydrologist, "Even though only three of the streamflow gages we typically monitor are officially in drought, most streamflow values statewide are running less than 30% of normal flow for this time of year. Some lake levels, especially in the Savannah River Basin, are below target such as Lake Jocassee at 9.7 feet below full pool, Hartwell at -3.14 and Thurmond at -3.78."

"The various parameters that we observe to come to a decision on the drought status have been giving us mixed signals lately. So we rely on local observers, folks on the ground, when those parameters don't give us a clear indication. It's a judgment call, but we turn to those experts who relay what they see as trends," said Dennis Chastain of Pickens County.

Mike Caston, Startex-Jackson-Wellford-Duncan Water District Executive Director, "While streamflows and reservoir levels are not an issue in Spartanburg County at this time, the broad range of indicators across the state and in Spartanburg County reflect drier conditions have been developing and upgrading to incipient drought is prudent."

According to Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers, "While the dry weather this fall has contributed to a good and productive harvest season, the lack of timely rainfall during the 2014 growing season was a challenge in some parts of the state. Irrigation boosted yields for many producers, which is an important reminder that we stay vigilant in planning and managing the use of our water resources."

Drought Response Committee Chairman Ken Rentiers stated, "The Committee will continue to monitor the situation closely and since many counties are only on the cusp of drought, hopefully with a few precipitation events we can remove the drought declaration for many counties."

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


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