Fall weather won't bring drought relief

Experts say the cool, fall weather will not bring the rain needed to help the drought

In our Facebook Story of the Day, viewers wanted to know if the fall season would bring drought relief to Southwest Georgia.

Mark Masters, Director of Projects for Flint River Water Planning and Policy, says it doesn't look good.

He says climatologists are expecting a dry fall and winter thanks to La Nina's return. Masters says the chance for substantial rain is small, which is not good for our low water levels.

"Our creeks, the Flint River is setting all time record lows, our ground water is down from where it normally is this time of year and the fact that we're not forecast to get that real good winter recharge is kind of a call for concern," says Masters.

Masters says the forecast is certainly subject to change but people should continue conserving water.

"We've almost been in a decade long drought," Masters says. "We had some wet years; 2003, 2005 were wet and we had some average years, but when you stop and think about it the droughts have been fairly reoccurring fairly rapidly which is somewhat unusual."

He says 2007 was an extremely bad drought year and the first part of 2001 was "really, really excruciating."