Droughts have become a regular part of everyday life for the people of South Carolina in recent years as long periods of rain have limited rainfall to drought-like levels. WACH reports South Carolina is once again entering the early stages of drought status with the U.S. Drought Monitor reporting a number of counties across the state have been given the status of “Abnormally Dry”, the first stage of drought on the five-step scale.
The release of the latest forecast from IBM’s The Weather Company revealed a drier than expected Fall month of November would limit rain and raise temperatures across the Southeast. Although this is the first stage of drought status the chances of heavy rainfall are limited across November and could see major problems strike the state throughout the coming Winter and Spring; fire possibilities are raised during periods of drought and the impacts on agriculture could also cause issues for the economy of the state.
South Carolina residents and farmers are now looking to the next meeting of the state’s own drought monitoring committee which has not held a meeting since August. At the August meeting some areas of Upstate South Carolina were declared to be in the first stages of drought and could rise upwards on the state’s own scale for measuring the drought status seen in the region.
Central and western regions of North Carolina have already been declared in the second stages of drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor amid fears the mild November already forecast will cause problems remaining throughout the Winter of 2017 and 2018. Nine counties in south Carolina ranging from the Upstate, Piedmont, and Coastal zones of the state have already been declared as in the first stages of drought and will rise through the scale unless a heavy rainfall or snow hits the region in the coming weeks.