Henderson County now in moderate drought after rainfall

By the Hendersonville Times-News staff and the Associated Press

ATLANTA — A new report shows that widespread rain is gradually relieving the Deep South’s ongoing drought, leaving only a handful of counties in North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia with extreme drought conditions.

A national report on the drought released Thursday found that rain drenched a large part of an area that has been abnormally dry, from northern Louisiana to the Carolinas and Virginia.

Henderson County, which had been listed as in a severe drought, is now classified as being in a moderate drought, along with 10 other counties including Buncombe, Transylvania, Polk and Rutherford.

Only four North Carolina counties are still in a severe drought — Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Macon.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that about a half-dozen counties in the northeastern Georgia mountains and patches of another half-dozen counties in central Alabama are also still dealing with extreme drought.

Extreme drought also remains in parts of southeast Oklahoma and western Arkansas.

The report says drier-than-normal weather is expected to dominate most of the nation through Monday.

Read more here. Moderate drought is better than severe drought!


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