The drought is officially over for all South Carolina counties. The S.C. Drought Response Committee removed the incipient declaration for 9 counties Wednesday.
According to DNR, much of the state, 150 percent to 300 percent of normal rainfall over the past two months. According to Hope Mizzell, S.C. State Climatologist, the wet pattern this fall was just what was needed to saturate the ground and jump start refilling and recharging our lakes and groundwater. Some areas of the State such as Walhalla reported the wettest fall on record receiving 27.65 inches,amounting to 14.8 inches above normal.
The wet pattern is expected to continue based on NOAA’s long-range projections. According to Mark Malsick, S.C. State Climatology Office Severe Weather Liaison, “The current El Nino pattern has established an active, productive storm track over the southern US that will continue to deliver rainfall events to South Carolina every four to five days. This southerly track allows storms to tap into abundant warm moist Gulf of Mexico air. This warm moist air increases the chances for State-wide precipitation, and also intensifies the passing storms, which ensures even more rainfall per storm. The long range computer models continue to advertise this wet early winter trend through January.”