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Coastal Carolinas Drought Early Warning System
North Carolina and South Carolina experience considerable climate variability, including drought, heavy precipitation, tropical storms, ice storms, and severe heat. The region experienced extreme to exceptional drought events in 1998-2002 and 2007-2009, and moderate to severe conditions from 2010-2013. These events exposed existing and emerging drought vulnerabilities that are particular to coastal regions. These include impacts associated with changes to water quality conditions, such as increasing salinity levels, and the availability and timing of freshwater to support estuarine and coastal ecosystems. The Coastal Carolinas DEWS focuses on ecological resources where increasing human water demands also interact with drought, stressing freshwater resources and vulnerable sectors of the economy.
Upcoming in 2020: An Expanded Southeast DEWS
The U.S. Southeast region is increasingly experiencing record-breaking droughts that can develop rapidly. Recognizing a need to improve drought early warning across the full geographic footprint of the Southeast, and in response to requests from regional stakeholders, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) plans to develop a Southeast Drought Early Warning System (DEWS). This Southeast DEWS will build on the partnerships and successes from the ACF River Basin and Coastal Carolinas DEWS, while expanding to include the full geographic footprint of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
U.S. Drought Monitor - Coastal Carolinas DEWS
As of December 1, 2020
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