It's felt like summertime for many of us. The lakes in the region have been busy since it was still technically winter. But the summertime-feeling sun brings with it summertime drought.
Adam Roach, the manager at Portman Marina on Lake Hartwell, said the lake is 7 1/2 feet below where it should be right now. He said he's definitely seen it lower, but hopes for rain this spring.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Neil Dixon said we're already in moderate to extreme drought and that we will need that rain or it will get worse this summer.
Above average heat is already being forecast. Dixon said, "We're transitioning from a La Nina to basically neutral conditions, that means neither El Nino or La Nina. That's why we head into the summer months, there's no real clear indication we're going to be either above or below normal rainfall."
Dixon said this week we'll see two good, widespread soakings.
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