Map released: Thurs. January 18, 2018
Data valid: January 16, 2018 at 7 a.m. EST


  • None
  • D0 (Abnormally Dry)
  • D1 (Moderate Drought)
  • D2 (Severe Drought)
  • D3 (Extreme Drought)
  • D4 (Exceptional Drought)


The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.

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Southeast Drought Summary

Much of the region recorded at least some precipitation this week, with isolated pockets of greater amounts in western North Carolina, western Virginia, and eastern Georgia. Some improvements were made to abnormally dry conditions in response to the greatest precipitation. Even with the precipitation in Alabama, most of the state ended the week below normal, and this allowed for further degradation in the state. Severe drought was introduced in central Alabama and a new area of moderate drought was introduced in northern Alabama into Tennessee. Moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions were also expanded in the central and northern portions of Alabama.

In areas of southwestern Georgia and the Florida Panhandle, severe drought was expanded, and moderate drought was expanded in southeastern Georgia. The impact to the local hydrologic systems is starting to become more widespread throughout the region.

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