COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/SCRN/WVOC) - South Carolina is no longer officially classified in various stages of a drought.
The state's Drought Response Committee voted Wednesday to cancel the drought designations after most monitoring stations reported 100% to 225% of normal rainfall over the past 60 days.
That continued the trend of above-normal precipitation over the past five months.
Rainfall from December through April was above average in most of the higher elevations in the northwestern portion of the state, where counties had been hit the hardest.
And Charleston has had one of its wettest winters and early springs ever.
State Climatologist Hope Mizzell told the South Carolina Radio Network, “There was just overwhelming and consistent support from all the drought indicators...and also combined with a high probability of above normal precipitation in the upcoming weeks.”
It's the first time the state has been declared drought-free in three years, and there have only been 10 total drought-free months going back to July 2006.