New drought report says recovery has been overstated for WNC

News 13 – WLOS by Rob Bradley18

In fall 2016, the drought monitor was covered in light and dark red, indicating extreme and exceptional drought conditions. Now, the monitor shows only four Western North Carolina counties left in the severe category.

A new drought report from the National Weather Service mentions those higher-end categories were too hastily assigned, and our drought improvement is not as drastic as it appears.

An excerpt reads, “In early December, a reassessment of impacts across the region and a comparison to the worst drought in recent record (2007-2009) suggested that the expansion to D3 and D4 occurred too quickly this autumn.”

D3 is the category for extreme drought, D4 for exceptional.

The full report can be read here.


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