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NC drought status varies from the Drought Monitor

The State Climate Office of North Carolina noted this week that “the map on the front page of the NC Drought Management Advisory Council (DMAC) website, which serves as the official drought designation for North Carolina, is different than the weekly US Drought Monitor (USDM) map.”  This happens from time to time when the assessment of drought impacts by the state Drought Council differs from the criteria used by the Drought Monitor authors, who make a unified map for the entire country.  In fact, South Carolina and Georgia also use somewhat different criteria for drought than the Drought Monitor, although the DM is often used for crop insurance claims and other federal programs.  You can read more about it at http://climate.ncsu.edu/climateblog?id=228&h=5666e5c1.