It takes time to move into a drought. Likewise, it takes time to move out of a drought. The recent rains have definitely eased the pain for South Carolina. According to the latest drought monitor from the USDA only 22% of the state is in a severe drought or worse compared to 32% the previous week. Much of the Pee Dee region is out of the drought completely.
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The first four months of the year were a continuation of the drought that started in January 2010. Only four months out of the past 28 months had been wet by the end of April. The total rainfall by then for 2012 was 8.71 inches at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport or just over 2 inches per month.