Much-needed early winter rains have improved conditions in theUpstate, at the same time conditions have worsened slightly in thesouthern coast.
The S.C. Drought Response Committee on Thursday changed the droughtstatus for 28 counties. Conditions improved in 26 counties – fromsevere to moderate in Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick,Greenwood, Edgefield, Saluda, Newberry, Lexington, Aiken and Barnwelland 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 onrecord, with only 0.35 inches of rain. Meanwhile, several unofficialweather stations in Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties got morethan 14 inches of rain.