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Drought Free Weather for Eastern 1/3 of the Nation

United States Drought Monitor United States Drought Monitor

After a week of vacation... got back in the office today and received a phone call asking about the current status of any drought across the region. So I thought I would bring everyone up to date on the current drought monitor.

Due to the unseasonably wet summer we have had in the Coastal Empire and Low Country (over 20 inches of rain combined for the months of June and July)... we have no drought. No drought is being recorded anywhere in Georgia and South Carolina. And take a look at the eastern third of the United States... no drought here as well. It has been quite a while since not one spot has any drought up and down the coast in August.

Here is this weeks description from the United States drought outlook.....

The Northeast: Although the region was generally dry, cooler than normal conditions alleviated concerns about dryness or drought. The greatest rains over the last week were recorded in Maine and portions of New Jersey. No changes to the regional depiction this week.

Mid-Atlantic: Scattered precipitation and cooler than normal temperatures kept drought concerns from developing in the region. The coastal regions received the most precipitation this week while portions of the West Virginia panhandle and southern North Carolina were the driest.

Southeast: A mostly wet week over most of the region with the greatest rains falling in northeastern Alabama and portions of west Georgia. No drought concerns for this region at this time.

And here are the dryness and drought intensity categories for the map attached....

Dryness Categories

D0 ... Abnormally Dry ... used for areas showing dryness but not yet in drought, or for areas recovering from drought.

Drought Intensity Categories
D1 ... Moderate Drought
D2 ... Severe Drought
D3 ... Extreme Drought
D4 ... Exceptional Drought

Drought or Dryness Types
S ... Short-Term, typically <6 months (e.g. agricultural, grasslands)
L ... Long-Term, typically >6 months (e.g. hydrology, ecology)

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