Add rain to holiday wish lists as York County area moves into drought
The South Carolina Drought Response Committee changed its outlook Monday for 15 counties, including York and Lancaster.
Almost two-thirds of the state is now in a drought watch phase.
Chester County, also in the incipient or watch phase, has been at worse than normal conditions since late 2015.
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Recent rain in the upper Savannah Basin actually brought Anderson and Oconee counties back into normal conditions.
The committee noted there weren’t major drought impacts, but there is concern with La Nina conditions.
Potential is there for a dry winter, a time when rainfall often refills groundwater and surface water sources.
Some of those listings were present in South Carolina as recently as this spring.
The drought committee will continue to monitor conditions.