Lowcountry experiencing moderate drought conditions

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Moderate drought has been declared for parts of the Lowcountry. At this point in the year, we should have received about 14.47 inches of rainfall at the Charleston International Airport, which is where our weather records are kept.

So far this year we have only received 6.91 inches of rainfall, which puts us 7.56 inches below normal. 

A few cities and towns picked up some much-needed rainfall over the weekend, thanks to a cold front that produced some heavy downpours.

Many people have asked—if we received all that rainfall, how are we still in a drought? The drought monitor is based on the average rainfall which we should have been up to this point.

Most of the United States has seen a wetter than normal year so far, giving most cities a surplus of rainfall. Areas of southeast like Mississippi and Louisiana, up to the Midwest have seen deadly flooding due to the influx of rainfall.

According to the United State Drought Monitor, only about 3-percent of the United States is in a drought. This would include most of the Lowcountry down to southern Georgia. 

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of rainfall in our extended forecast to help combat this drought.

Check with the local fire department before burning brush, with the dry weather wildfires, can travel fast. 

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