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Sunday May 29th, 2016 7:00PM

Drought creeps back into Ga.

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Drought conditions have creeped back into Georgia for the first time in several months, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The latest report shows that a number of places in north Georgia, including a sliver of northwestern Hall County, are considered "abnormally dry," the least-serious category. All or parts of ten other north Georgia counties are included: Rabun, Habersham, White, Lumpkin, Stephens, Towns, Union, Fannin, Gilmer, and Dawson.

Other pockets of Georgia, all in the same category, are in southeastern and southwestern parts of the state and west Central Georgia.

The data that was included in this latest U.S. Drought Monitor report was collected before the recent rainy spell.

Those showers, which began across most of the state Sunday and continued into Tuesday morning, produced rainfall amounts of nearly three inches in some parts of north Georgia.

In Gainesville, Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport recorded 1.29 inches Sunday, the largest single-day total since Jan. 11. Rainfall at the airport since Sunday, as of 9:30 Tuesday morning, was 1.55 inches, the largest two-day total since Jan. 10-11 when 1.96 inches were recorded. Rainfall in Gainesville for the year is running about five inches below normal.
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