Nearly two-thirds of Georgia is experiencing unusually dry conditions.
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Georgia’s drought monitor shows, just in the past week, there was a 28 percent increase in areas across the state with dry conditions.
Atlanta was one of them.
Places with dry conditions receive below-average rainfall or have lower-than-normal water levels.
Ryan Willis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, said two tropical weather systems earlier this year are a big reason conditions aren’t worse.
“We got several inches of rain with Irma back in September,” Willis said. “And then we got at least an inch and half to maybe a couple inches for many areas with the remnants of Nate. That helped keep us above normal for the year.”
Tropical depression Nate hit metro Atlanta in early October, but Willis said it’s been dry ever since.
He said that even includes areas like Lake Lanier that never fully recovered from last year’s drought.
Willis said people in the state shouldn’t be worried about the dry conditions just yet.
“Now if it continued staying dry through the next month and then afterwards, then we might start seeing increased concern as far as the drought,” he said.
Willis said it could be at least another week before parts of Georgia start to get enough rain to make a difference.
He said the outlook for the winter is warmer and drier than usual because of La Nina.