It's dry in Coweta, but much of state is drier than us

If you read the weather statistics on page 2A, you will notice our community is more than 6 inches below normal in rainfall for the year.
As of Wednesday we have recorded 13.30 inches of rainfall in Newnan. The normal for this time of year is almost 20 inches.
While we’ve seen a few pop-up afternoon and evening thundershowers in some places in recent days, conditions in Newnan and Coweta County are dry. But we are not as dry as many other parts of Georgia.
The Georgia Drought monitor each week issues a report of drought conditions across the state. The drought monitor lists five levels of drought conditions -- D0 abnormally dry, D1 drought moderate, D2 drought severe, D3 drought extreme and D4 drought exceptional. Obviously, as the number increases the drought conditions worsen.
In Coweta County the eastern part of the county is drier than western Coweta. The drought monitor places the western part of Coweta in D1, or drought moderate, conditions. The eastern part of Coweta is in D2, or drought severe.
How does Coweta compare with the rest of Georgia? North Georgia, the area north and west of Coweta has experienced more rainfall. Most of that area has conditions of D0, abnormally dry, or D1, drought moderate. Some parts of extreme north Georgia are not even abnormally dry because of significant rain.

The rest of Georgia -- south and east of Coweta County -- is where conditions are driest. Most of that area has D3, drought extreme, or D4, drought exceptional, conditions. The only exception is the coastal area from around Savannah to near Brunswick, which has had more rainfall.

What does all this mean? It means it’s already dry outside, with the hot and dry days of summer ahead.



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