Three counties at South Carolina’s northwestern corner are now in the worst drought stage.
The state’s Drought Response Committee on Wednesday placed Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties in a severe drought status. The committee also declared a moderate drought for 11 more counties to the south and east.
State Climatologist Hope Mizzell said some counties in the Upstate have received less than 10% of their normal rainfall since August. The unusually dry weather for the Upstate comes even as the eastern Carolinas dry out and clean up from massive floods from Hurricane Matthew.
“It is rare to see such a range of extremes with Myrtle Beach receiving over 33 inches of rain over the last 60 days, while Easley reports only 75 one-hundredths of an inch,” Mizzell stated in a release announcing the action. [Read more…]