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Digging Deeper: Spring extreme temperatures

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Spring is ending much like it began, with continued high temperatures. 

So far in June, we've had 9 days of 100 degree temperatures or warmer.  Meteorologist say there are extremes across the country. Here in the southeast, we've been extremely hot and dry.

There's no question, creek levels are down for this time of year. Some creeks are the lowest they've ever been in recorded history. As we move into summer it doesn't appear these conditions will change any time soon.

It's been a spring of extremes, from extreme flooding along the Mississippi River, to severe tornados in Alabama and Missouri, to the extreme heat we've seen here in south Georgia. If you feel like it's been hotter than usual you're right.

"For the month of June has been 99.6, it should be 91.2 so that is way off and its at record setting levels right now," said Chris Zelman, WALB Meteorologist.

Just take a look at the averages this month alone.

"Our average high started at 89, we're now up to 92, it's real easy to see we've not been at average at all, we made it to 104, all these stars are record highs," said Zelman.

Digging deeper into the temperatures we found March 17th through the 24th saw highs in the 80's, in April we had 7 days in the 90's. The last time we had a high in the 80's it was May 19th. What's caused these high temperatures? Meteorologist say it's not the earthquake in Japan.

"We had one in Sumatra in 2006 that caused the Tsunami, we did not have any crazy hot weather," said Zelman.

Best explained it's been a strong upper level ridge, that's left us with little rain, until last week.

"For three consecutive days we got rain but as you can still see we have a deficit for the month and the rain deficit for the year is 10 inches plus," said Zelman.

It's going to take more than scattered showers to break the extreme drought in south Georgia.

"It's going to be tropical in nature or some of these sustained afternoon thunderstorms," said Mark Masters, Flint River Water Planning & Policy Center.

Which has kept farmers irrigating. How much, an average pivot pumps 800 gallons minute. If a third of south Georgia's pivots were running that's about 200 billion gallons of water a day used for irrigation, but that's only a small dent in the Upper Floridan aquifer that holds trillions of gallons. It's why water officials are still taking public comment on the Lower Flint Ochlocknee Regional Water Plan.

"That's a culmination of a two and a half year process that was spear-headed by the Environmental Protection Division," said Masters.

While there's very few restrictions on irrigation they say it's still important to manage the water resources we have, especially when temperatures have been the extreme level they are this year.

You still have until Thursday to make comments on the water plan. You can contact the Flint River Water Policy and Planning Office or the Environmental Protection Division.

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