From ABC News:
“Recent showers and storms have slightly eased the South’s severe drought, but experts say it wasn’t enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell.
Nearly the entire region remains abnormally dry, and much more rain is needed before the drought’s demise can be declared, said Mark Svoboda, who directs the National Drought Mitigation Center.
The center’s weekly U.S. Drought Monitor, released Thursday, describes some improvement due to recent rains, but its map shows the South stubbornly covered in oranges, reds and browns — bad news for a region becoming accustomed to wildfires.
“It takes a long time to go into a drought and it takes a long time to get out of it, and this one has been a doozy,” Georgia State Climatologist Bill Murphey said.
A large brown area of “exceptional drought” — the very worst conditions — still covers large swaths of Georgia and Alabama. That’s surrounded by red, indicating “extreme” drought, in parts of Tennessee and the western Carolinas. Orange, for “severe” drought, stretches from Louisiana eastward to the Carolinas.”