Watercrunch tackles the big question — “is the drought over?”
In a word, no. However, there continue to be promising signs. The area of “exceptional drought” is getting smaller, and our forecast through May is “Drought ongoing, some improvement”, which sounds about right.
I really like the analogy that watercrunch uses: “Droughts are like a recession in a way, its hard to tell exactly when they first occur and hard to know exactly when they are over.”
Here in Georgia, we’re facing two kinds of drought:
- The natural drought caused by a lack of rain, which might be easing up a bit.
- The man-made drought, caused by sending billions of gallons down the river to Florida — some by mistake, some by law.
Until both of those problems are resolved, we’ll continue to be concerned. The recent rainfall has been nice, but Lanier continues to be way, way below where it should be.