The mini-drought that was occurring in parts of the eastern corn belt and Tennessee Valley from autumn into winter has been significantly alleviated by the moisture. However, the central and southern High Plains across New Mexico continue very dry and the light moisture the last two weeks has not be sufficient to improve the situation.
The moisture forecast for the next five days shows helpful rain and snow in the High Plains of Kansas and Nebraska and too much rain in Georgia, southern Mississippi and southern Alabama.
Salon.com in November, 2007:
Georgia's on my mind. Atlanta, Ga. It's a city in trouble in a state in trouble in a region in trouble. Water trouble...
Next up, "Time" magazine the same day as Salon:
Georgia was enduring its worst drought in a century, and it had already asked President Bush and the Supreme Court for relief. So on Nov. 13, Republican Governor Sonny Perdue appealed to a higher power, hosting a statehouse vigil to "pray up a storm," begging God to bring the rain he had withheld for 14 months...
Like Hurricane Katrina or the California wildfires, this drought was a natural event transformed into a natural disaster by human folly. And while it's still hard to say whether global warming caused any particular drought or flood or fire, it's going to cause more of all of them.
The Pew Climate blog was "confident" the drought was due to global warming.
Now, the area has plenty of water -- too much if the next storm dumps 2-3 more inches of rain. The drought was gone just two years after these articles were written. And, since no drought has returned, it is safe to say the Southeast Perpetual Dought = Global Warming scare was yet another failure of climate forecasting. Please keep this in mind the next time someone claims they can forecast the climate 20 to 30 years from now.