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May 17, 2007

Albany-- The latest ninety day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is out, and relief for the extreme drought conditions in South Georgia and much of the Southeast does not look much better.

The outlook calls for above normal temperatures and near normal rainfall, that would mean an ongoing extreme drought situation in Georgia and Florida. Some models are indicating a rapid switch to a La Nina pattern may develop in the next three months, which provides even warmer and drier conditions.

Doug Wilson with the Georgia Water Planning and Policy Center in Albany fears farmers may continue to see major water issues. "People that are using surface water in a lot of areas the streams are drying up. So maybe you have a crop in the ground, and you may have watered it up, then the stream goes dry and your out of luck. So there are a lot of issues in ag, and its a bad situation right now"said Wilson. 

Forecasters say the only silver lining in a La Nina pattern is a noticeable increase in tropical systems in the Western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico that could bring some drought relief.

Currently we are under level two water restrictions, if level three restrictions are put in place outdoor watering would be limited to Saturday's from midnight until ten a.m.

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