Additional parts of metro Atlanta entered an “extreme drought” this week, according to Channel 2 Action News.
And it’s even worse in northwest Georgia, which is facing an “exceptional” drought, the television station reported.
“Some of the folks may have to sell off some livestock,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. “There are fires that have occurred there. The streams are getting low. We really are in desperate need of some rain.”
Unfortunately, there is little to no rain expected over the next five to seven days, Minton said.
Drought designations are based on data from the U.S. Drought Monitor. “Abnormally dry” is the least severe classification. “Exceptional” is the most severe category.
Conditions in Georgia as a whole are so dry that state officials recently issued the year's first drought alert to conserve water.
Since that Sept. 9 alert, some areas south and east of Atlanta have entered an "extreme" drought, the second most severe classification.
Lake Lanier, which is Atlanta’s source of drinking water, stayed at about the same level this week, 1,064.40 feet, as it did last week. The full pool level for summer is 1,071 feet.
Rainfall last seven days: 0.06
Rainfall this month: 3.43
Rainfall deficit for the year: 5.59
Rainfall surplus since Sept. 1: 3.43
Values in inches as of end of day Thursday