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Rain nice; doesn't end area's drought
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When it rains, it pours.
But even the recent downpours may not be enough to make a splatter in the state's current drought.
President's Day sloshed down 1.19 inches of the wet stuff. And Friday made for slick streets, bringing in 1.36 inches by noon, according to Jeff Stone, Georgia Forestry Commission chief ranger.
The GFC weather station in Midway is primarily used to predict fires, but also measures rainfall.
Stone said scattered rains cause measurements to vary based on location with surrounding counties reporting three to five inches. But amount does not mean as much as the strength and length of the rain.
"Slow, steady rains are always preferred over hard rain," he said.
He explained how heavy rains do not give the ground enough time to soak it in before excess water runs off.
As a South Georgia county, Liberty has not been as directly affected by the drought as North Georgians.
"We were experiencing it (drought) this past April and May and we got rains in June and July that they (north Georgia) did not get," Stone said.
"The dilemma is that we went through two years of fairly dry weather," Stone said.
He mentioned that the past rain days and any to come may be the last to be seen in the coming months.
"March and April are going to be extremely dry," he said. "Several meteorologists have said that March, April, May is going to be extremely dry."
Stone said these were the same experts who predicted the California wildfires, so they are pretty accurate.
He encouraged residents to continue to follow Environment Protection Division restrictions concerning car washing and any outside water use, including fixing dripping faucets.
"The big thing is just don't waste water," he said. "How much water you take out the ground affects everyone."
Allowed outdoor water use is based on drought response levels.
Liberty County, along with the rest of southern Georgia has been assigned a drought response level two.

Level Two Drought Response Rules
Source: Georgia Environmental Protection Division website
*Odd-numbered addresses can use outdoor water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
*Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses can use outdoor water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
*Outdoor water use is only allowed between midnight and 10 a.m.
*Washing driveways, streets and gutters are prohibited, unless it relates to public health or safety

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