Map released: Thurs. July 19, 2018
Data valid: July 17, 2018 at 8 a.m. EDT


  • 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

Aside from cooler conditions along the spine of the Appalachians and mild conditions in most of North Carolina, warmer than normal weather occurred in much of the Southeast over the past week. Heavier rainfall over Alabama allowed abnormally dry conditions near Mobile and in northeast Alabama to improve. Meanwhile, little to no rain fell over parts of North Carolina east of the Appalachians. The ongoing short- and long-term dryness here combined with lowering streamflows led to the expansion of abnormal dryness in central North Carolina. Short-term dryness also led to the expansion of abnormal dryness in parts of coastal South Carolina.

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