Much-needed early winter rains have improved conditions in the Upstate, at the same time conditions have worsened slightly in the southern coast.
The S.C. Drought Response Committee on Thursday changed the drought status for 28 counties. Conditions improved in 26 counties from severe to moderate in Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick, Greenwood, Edgefield, Saluda, Newberry, Lexington, Aiken and Barnwell and from moderate to incipient in Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, York, Laurens, Union, Chester, Fairfield, Richland, Sumter, Calhoun, Clarendon, Williamsburg and Georgetown.
Conditions worsened from incipient to moderate in Beaufort and Charleston.
Charleston International Airport recorded its driest January on record, with only 0.35 inches of rain. Meanwhile, several unofficial weather stations in Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties got more than 14 inches of rain.
-- Joey Holleman