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Drought expands in the region this week

With little rain and above-normal temperatures, it is not a surprise that the area of abnormally dry conditions and drought expanded across the Southeast this week. Dorian largely missed Florida and Georgia although it did drop quite a bit of rain in eastern North Carolina as well as in South…
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Slight decrease in drought this week

The latest Drought Monitor, released this morning, shows very slight decreases in drought and abnormally dry conditions across the region. I expect that the next DM will show significant decreases in North Carolina, which is expected to get hit by Hurricane Dorian and is already feeling some effects of the…
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A historical perspective on droughts

Every time there is a drought, I am asked how the latest drought compares to the historical droughts of the 1930s and 1950s, which were terrible droughts that covered a substantial part of the US. Now there is a new popular paper which discusses the comparison between the early 21st…
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Mobile site for reporting drought

Are you frustrated that the Drought Monitor is not accurately reflecting dry conditions in your area? It may be that they do not have any data there other than radar-based rainfall. Reports from “on the ground” can be invaluable for drawing the correct drought lines. Here is a new mobile-friendly…
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Some shifts in the driest areas this week

The latest Drought Monitor, released this morning, shows that the overall coverage of dry conditions and drought in the Southeast has changed little from last week. However, there have been some shifts in where the driest areas are. While improvements were seen in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida, dry…
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Abnormally dry conditions expand this week

The latest Drought Monitor, released this morning, shows that while areas of moderate (D1) and severe (D2) drought expanded only slightly across the region this week, a much larger area of abnormally dry conditions (D0) is now present across the Southeast, including Virginia. This is due to the relatively light…
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