The maps below are from the U.S.
Drought Monitor. They show the latest drought
across North and South Carolina.
The maps below are from the Climate
Prediction center Seasonal Drought Outlook and the National
Climatic Data Center Drought Termination and Amelioration
Drought Monitor is a weekly collaborative
effort between a number of federal agencies including
NOAA/NWS, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National
Drought Mitigation Center. The product is updated weekly on
Thursdays at 8:30 AM Eastern Time. For those needing to look
at past U.S. Drought Monitors an archive is available back to
May 20, 1999. This information can be found at the following
The categories of drought are
defined as follows:
Abnormally Dry (D0) - Going
into drought: short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of
crops or pastures; fire risk above average. Coming out of
drought: some lingering water deficits; pastures or crops not
Moderate Drought (D1) -
Some damage to crops, pastures; fire risk high; streams,
reservoirs, or wells low, some water shortages developing or
imminent, voluntary water use restrictions
Severe Drought (D2) -
Crop or pasture losses likely; fire risk very high; water
shortages common; water restrictions imposed.
Extreme Drought (D3) -
Major crop/pasture losses; extreme fire danger; widespread
water shortages or restrictions.
Exceptional Drought (D4)
- Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses; exceptional
fire risk; shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and
wells, creating water