The drought is officially over for all South Carolina counties, according to the S.C. Drought Response Committee.
22 counties were in the "moderate" drought stage and the remaining were in "incipient," the first phase of drought.
"The Committee usually avoids downgrading the drought two levels, but in today's decision there was consistent and overwhelming support from all the drought indicators combined with a high probability for above normal precipitation in the upcoming weeks," said Chris Bickley, Executive Director, Lowcountry Council of Governments and representative from the West Drought Management Area.
"Most stations across the state reported 100% to 225% of normal rainfall over the past 60 days (see table below). The most important factor ending the drought, however, has been the State's adequate rainfall for an extended 5-month period, which coincided with the hydrologic recharge season," said Hope Mizzell, SC State Climatologist.
SC 60-Day Observed Rainfall Summary Ending April 24, 2013
Station - Observed Rainfall - % of Normal
* Allendale 2 NW - 13.25 - 181
* Anderson - 9.71 - 106
* Andrews - 9.04 - 134
* Brookgreen Gardens - 11.69 - 158
* Charleston 6.8 W* - 15.37 - 225
* Cheraw - 6.57 - 88
* Columbia Metro AP - 8.22 - 105
* Darlington - 7.83 - 105
* Edisto Island - 11.54 - 171
* Orangeburg 2 - 8.19 - 116
* Saluda - 8.89 - 106
* Sumter - 8.14 - 109
* Varnville 6.7 SW* - 14.85 - 200
* Walhalla 1.5 NW* - 14 - 130
* Walterboro 1 SW - 12.83 - 171
* Winnsboro - 7.02 - 88
"The last time the state was drought-free was June 2010 with only 10 total drought free months going back to July 2006," said Drought Response Committee Chairman Ken Rentiers. "Drought episodes since the late 1990s have highlighted the importance of South Carolina's coordinated state and local drought response. The time and effort of each Drought Response Committee member has been vital to the process and greatly appreciated. After enduring these multi-year droughts we have learned to be vigilant and we will continue to monitor the situation closely."