I wanted to pass along the Drought Information Statement from the National Weather Service, but I wanted to include images to help document what they are talking about. so I figured this would be a better place to do so. I will break this out into pieces so I can keep the images together with the text.
Drought Information Statement for North and Central Georgia
National Weather Service Peachtree City GA
1220 pm EDT Thu Aug 18 2016
...A short-term...severe to extreme drought continues over portions
of north Georgia including the Atlanta metro area...
...Abnormally dry to severe drought conditions continue to expand
over portions of central Georgia...
Several days of showers and scattered thunderstorms brought some minor
relief to the short-term drought conditions across north and central
Georgia during the past 14 days. Scattered rainfall amounts of 1 to
2.5 inches prevailed with some isolated spots receiving 3 to 6
inches. However...around half of the area received 0.5 to 1 inch of
rain. This has allowed rainfall deficits to gradually worsen in many
locations during the past 180 days.
Due to consistent hot temperatures in the 90s with high evaporation
rates...the soil moisture continues to decline in areas that received
less than 2 inches of rain across north and central Georgia during
the past two weeks. Consequently... a severe to extreme drought prevails
over north Georgia which includes the Atlanta metro area. The driest
areas were from Trenton to Rome... around Homer... and from Canton to
Dallas to Douglasville... through Newnan to LaGrange and McDonough.
Abnormally dry to severe drought conditions expanded over portions
of central Georgia.
Generally 15 to 75 percent of normal rainfall occurred over north
and central Georgia during the past 14 days. The isolated 3 to 6
inch rainfall amounts were from 150 to 600 percent of normal.
Location Total Rainfall Normal Departure Percent
last 180 days value from normal of normal
Atlanta 18.22 24.79 -6.57 73%
Athens 22.79 22.86 -0.07 100%
Columbus 19.30 24.44 -5.14 79%
Macon 18.27 23.02 -4.75 79%
Cartersville 20.69 25.53 -4.84 81%
NE Atlanta 14.16 27.12 -12.96 52%
West Atlanta 14.94 26.20 -11.26 57%
Gainesville 18.60 26.57 -7.97 70%
Peachtree City 15.45 25.42 -9.97 61%
Rome 19.69 25.85 -6.16 76%
Some minor hydrological impacts to water supply...stream flows and
ground water tables are continuing to occur over most of north Georgia.
this includes the Lake Lanier pool elevation which has fallen another
third of a foot during the past two weeks.
Current lake levels at USACE projects were mainly from near summer
pool level at Allatoona to near 5 feet below at Lanier. The pool
levels are projected to remain nearly steady or slowly fall during
the next four weeks.
Lake Summer Pool Current Level Departure
Allatoona 840 839.48 -0.52
Carters 1074 1070.10 -3.90
Hartwell 660 655.85 -4.15
Lanier 1071 1066.28 -4.72
Thurmond 330 325.57 -4.48
West Point 635 631.88 -3.12
Average stream levels for the past 14 days were generally 3 to 55
percent of normal flow in most of north and central Georgia due to
areas of recent rainfall.
Please note that creeks and smaller rivers can change quickly due to
runoff from heavy rain if it occurs.
Fire Danger Levels
The latest fire danger assessment indicates a moderate to high risk
across north and central Georgia.
Please note that this assessment can change rapidly due to changes
in moisture levels and rainfall received.
Temperature and Precipitation Outlook
For September... The outlook for north and central Georgia...above
normal temperature and below normal rainfall is expected. the
drought conditions will persist over north and central Georgia
unless significant rain is received.
90 day outlook... for September through November...above normal
temperature and below normal rainfall is expected.