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Drought declared for 28 SC counties

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COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Drought Response Committee declared 28 of the 46 counties throughout the state in an incipient drought on June 19, 2015, according to a news release from SCDNR.

The counties are comprised of the following: Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter, Williamsburg and York.

“The temperature at many locations climbed above 100 degrees for several consecutive days which significantly increased evaporation rates and escalated the drying conditions,” Dr. Hope Mizzell, SC State Climatologist said.

The 30-Day Percent of Normal Rainfall, 60-Day Percent of Normal Rainfall, the US Drought Monitor and the Crop Moisture Index were the gauges used to determine the level of drought, the release states. Areas with no drought are usually in locations that have rainfall above 4 inches.

SCDNR said there have been reports from the Pee Dee of areas that have not had any rain in three to four weeks.

“The dry weather has taken a toll on dryland corn and some beef cattle farmers have started to feed hay throughout several areas,” Brad Boozer of the SC Department of Agriculture commented. “Extreme temperatures this past week have not helped the crop outlook.”

The Committee explained if the drought worsens the levels following incipient are moderate, severe and extreme. They also plan to continue monitoring the drought situation.

For further information, contact Dr. Mizzell at (803)-734-9568 or e-mail at mizzellh@dnr.sc.gov.

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