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      Lack of rain browns South Georgia crops

      Southwest Georgia farmers are feeling the effects of the sun and heat. / National Weather Service


      Southwest Georgia farmers are feeling the effects of the sun and heat.

      South Georgia is in an abnormally dry period and very close to drought conditions.

      This summer has been much drier than normal. Albany saw a rain defecit of five inches just in the month of July.

      There have been a lot of cold fronts that have moved further south and the winds have been from the north or northwest causing more dry air to settle in the area.

      Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee tell FOX 31 that over the next couple of months we'll inch closer towards a moderate drought that will last into the winter months.

      NWS Meteorologist Emma Weston says, "we're not expecting the drought to be too long. The short-term impacts are less than six months and that's mostly gonna be for the farmers. The soil's gonna be drier and the grass is gonna be drier and crunchier but we're not expecting long-term impacts."

      September and October are currently considered dry months in Southwest Georgia. Meteorologists add that expected winter moisutre will help bring us back to normal.

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