Level Two Drought Emergency Declared in North Georgia
As the Southeast continues to suffer through a record-setting drought extending back to the summer, conditions are still deteriorating and Georgia authorities are now asking locals to seriously cut back on their water usage.
The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District declared a Level 2 drought response for metro Atlanta and several north Georgia counties this week, seriously limiting water usage for residents. Locals in affected counties are being asked to only water their lawns twice a week and non-commercial car washes and street washing are now prohibited.
Atlanta has received less than a quarter inch of rainfall since September 18th and is nearly a foot behind its typical year-to-date rainfall, significantly depleting area reservoirs. Birmingham, Alabama has not seen any measurable precipitation for nearly two consecutive months, the longest such streak on record. Record highs and continued warm, dry conditions have been firmly in place across the Southeast virtually non-stop all autumn long.
The forecast doesn’t offer the hard-hit region much in the way of rainfall unfortunately, but significantly cooler temperatures this weekend should at least help some with ongoing firefighting efforts. The cold front responsible for the cooler temperatures this weekend could produce some showers and isolated thunderstorms into parts of Mississippi and Alabama, but not nearly enough to significantly help alleviate the extremely dry conditions in the region.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the Southeast drought.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi