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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.

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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

Author: Richard Heim, NCEI/NOAA

U.S. Drought Monitor - Coastal Carolinas DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Coastal Carolinas DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
12/01/2020
96.46%3.54%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Last Week
11/24/2020
96.46%3.54%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Three Months Ago
9/01/2020
97.98%2.02%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
12/31/2019
88.66%11.34%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Start of Water Year
9/29/2020
99.24%0.76%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
One Year Ago
12/03/2019
99.67%0.33%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
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