U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. May 19, 2022
Data valid: May 17, 2022 at 8 a.m. EDT


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  • D0 (Abnormally Dry)
  • D1 (Moderate Drought)
  • D2 (Severe Drought)
  • D3 (Extreme Drought)
  • D4 (Exceptional Drought)
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Southeast Drought Summary

An upper-level low moved in a retrograde motion from the Atlantic Ocean onto the southeast U.S. this week. It spread showers into the region, with 2 inches or more of rain observed along parts of the Virginia and North Carolina coast and in Florida. But the weather system weakened as it moved inland, with rain becoming spotty and less intense. Some areas received half of an inch or more, but most areas received little to no rain, especially northern portions of Georgia and Alabama. The dryness of the last 1 to 2 months has dried soils and was reflected in the Lawn and Garden Moisture Index, which revealed widespread and intense dryness across the region, from Alabama to western North Carolina. On the USDM map, abnormal dryness expanded across northern Alabama to western North Carolina, and pockets of moderate to severe drought expanded in coastal parts of the Carolinas and Georgia. The heavier rains along the coast contracted abnormal dryness and moderate drought in parts of Virginia and North Carolina, and severe drought contracted in southern Florida. According to May 15 statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 62% of the topsoil moisture in Georgia and South Carolina was short or very short (dry or very dry), 42% was short or very short in Florida, and 39% so rated in Alabama.

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