With little rain falling, drought conditions continue across both northeast Georgia and the entire state.
According to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, far northern Stephens County and much of Habersham County is in severe drought. Most of Stephens County, along with Franklin, Hart, Banks, and southern Habersham County, are in moderate drought.
Downtown Toccoa received 0.05 inches of rain on Wednesday. That was the first rain that downtown Toccoa had received since November 15 and November 16. Over the last two months, downtown Toccoa has received just over an inch of rain. Downtown Toccoa received another 0.03 inches of rain overnight.
97 percent of Georgia is either in drought or abnormally dry. The worst areas of drought remain in central Georgia, along with an area in the western part of the state. Only very small portions of far northwest and southeast Georgia face no drought conditions at the current time.
The lack of rain is also, of course, affecting Lake Hartwell, which is currently 15 feet below full pool. Late last month, the Corps reported that Lake Thurmond dropped to 15 feet below full pool, which the Corps says means it will now be balancing Hartwell and Thurmond by the percentage remaining in the conservation pool as opposed to a foot-for-foot decline. In other words, the Corps says Hartwell will decline at a rate of nearly seven feet for every one foot of decline at Thurmond until enough rain and runoff comes in to raise the levels above 15 feet below full pool at Thurmond.