By BRUCE SMITH
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Winter rains have pulled South Carolina out of the early stages of drought.
The South Carolina Drought Response Committee in November had declared the entire state to be in an incipient drought - the lowest of four stages of drought severity.
But this month the committee removed the designation and said conditions statewide are normal.
Assistant State Climatologist Wes Tyler says there were not an unusually large number of rainy days in recent weeks. But he says when rain came, it provided areas with a good soaking, as did a system a few days before Christmas.
For example, Hemingway received more than 10 inches of rain between mid-December and mid-January.
A system moving through the state this weekend could bring up to 2 inches of rain in some places.