CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The southern half of South Carolina, from Orangeburg County on down, has entered the state’s mildest drought stage.
Experts say the area has suffered below-average rainfall during the last 60 days. The Post and Courier reports state climate officials expect the “incipient” drought – declared in 15 counties – will persist for at least the short term.
The affected area is a chunk of the state starting in Edgefield County, running down to Orangeburg and then up to Williamsburg County. All are farming regions.
Meteorologist Rebecca Davidson of the National Weather Service in Charleston says, since March 1 the region has seen a rain deficit of slightly more than 3 inches. And, she says, no rain is expected for at least the next week.