Hot, dry summer leads to expanding drought in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Just a little more than three months ago, all of South Carolina had abundant rainfall. Now a federal drought map says a moderate drought has spread across two-thirds of the state.

The dry, hot summer hasn’t caused serious problems yet. Farmers say corn, cotton, hay and other crops are OK as long as the dry weather doesn’t continue. Water levels in lakes, streams and reservoirs are adequate too, but that might not last if South Carolina doesn’t get rain to refill them in the fall and winter.

Figures from the Southeast Regional Climate Center show Columbia, Florence and Greenville are having their third hottest summers on record.

Columbia has also seen 17 days with a high of 100 or above, which Is the most in the record books.

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