As of today, here in the Midlands of SC we have not seen rain in a month (30 days) and the dry weather is leading to a host of concerns across the area.
The drought has been spreading east, which now includes the central Midlands in Abnormally dry conditions. The Upstate of South Carolina is now in an extreme drought. Here is the latest drought monitor.
The drought monitor measures the amount of moisture in the soil, and the dew point measures the amount of moisture in the air, and the air is just as dry as the soil these days.
Here is the current dew point, which shows several areas in the 30s, which indicate very dry air.
Generally speaking, dew points below 45 are equivalent to crisp, dry Fall air. Values in the upper 40s and mid 50s are comfortable here in the southeastern US. Anytime a dew point temperature is over 55, it usually starts to feel sticky and uncomfortable (muggy) Southern states spend most of the Spring and Summer in the muggy/sticky category.
Here is where we stand today on the Sticky Meter.
Keep your skin moisturized to combat the dry conditions and enjoy it while it lasts!