N. FL, S. GA kick off new year in moderate drought
The drought monitor above shows most of the Big Bend and South Georgia under a moderate drought (shaded in light brown.)
The lack of rainfall doesn’t come as a surprise.
Most of the region fell behind in rainfall totals for the year.
While yearly rain totals of 40 to 50 inches of rain may seem impressive, many spots fell several inches below average for the year.
Taking that rainfall into account, Tallahassee had a total of 55.19 inches of rain this year.
Apalachicola recorded 46.49 inches of rain for the year, putting it 11.21 inches below average for its annual rainfall totals.
South Georgia also had rainfall totals that were below average.
Rainfall totals ran 7.32 inches below average for “the good life city.” Though yearly totals reset on New Year’s Day, much of the region still needs rain!
Dry, arctic air in place will keep rain chances low for much of the area.
A slight chance of showers is possible Wednesday in counties on the eastern fringe of the area, including Clinch, Echols, Hamilton, and Suwannee counties.