Georgia drought persists despite rain

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The state climatologist says North Georgia remains locked in a stubborn drought despite welcome rainfall through the winter and early spring.

David Stooksbury said today that severe to extreme drought continues to grip north Georgia, and warned that the region didn't receive enough rain to recharge soil moisture, groundwater, streams and reservoirs.

The climatologist also expressed concern about the southern half of the state, which has largely emerged from the drought.

Although moisture conditions for south-central and southeast Georgia are near normal, Stooksbury said they're beginning to drop. He said water flows in southwest Georgia are also starting to decline, and drought conditions could develop there in the next month.

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