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Drought in
South Carolina
Residents in drought: 19,000

602,000 more in abnormally dry areas.

This is: 0%

of the state’s population,
14% more in abnormally dry areas.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a map that shows the location and intensity of drought across the country. The data is updated each Tuesday and released on Thursday. This map shows the drought conditions on October 16, 2018.

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D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops
  • Some lingering water deficits
  • Pastures or crops not fully recovered
16.7% 18.7%
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Some damage to crops, pastures
  • Some water shortages developing
  • Voluntary water-use restrictions requested
2.0% 2.0%
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crop or pasture loss likely
  • Water shortages common
  • Water restrictions imposed
0.0% 0.0%
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Major crop/pasture losses
  • Widespread water shortages or restrictions
0.0% 0.0%
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses
  • Shortages of water creating water emergencies
0.0% 0.0%

Drought in South Carolina
from 2000 - 2018

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in South Carolina lasted 156 weeks beginning on January 4, 2000 and ending on December 24, 2002. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of August 20, 2002 where D4 affected 50.71% of South Carolina land.

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