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Drought across the Palmetto State

July brings not only heat, but worsening drought

(WMBF) - We've had a warm, and at times, an unseasonably warm summer. Starting us off in June, temperatures soared into the triple digits across much of the area. A near record-breaking heat wave broke as we watched rain move across the Carolinas. We ended June on an average note with both temperatures and rainfall. 

It wasn't until July came that we started to see a lack of rain across the area. Although there have seen storms, some of which have been severe, that have many of you thinking we've received plenty of rain, the fact of the matter is that we haven't seen much rain this month. Closing off this month, we're in a moderate drought across much of the area. All of Williamsburg and Florence counties are considered to be in a moderate drought. Most of Marion and Darlington counties, as well as extreme western Horry and Georgetown counties are also in a moderate drought. All of these areas are lacking upwards of two to three inches of rain for the year. That may not sound like much, but we're not expecting a break in the trend, the drought may only get worse. 

Dillon and Marlboro county are experiencing low drought conditions. Coastal Georgetown and Coastal Horry county are right on par for this time of year in terms of rain, and are not experiencing significantly dry conditions. 

The good news is, we are tracking the possibility for rain as we close out this week. It may not be a drought buster, but it will at least provide relief to many areas across the Palmetto State. 

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