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Weekly Drought Update Infographic for September 7, 2021.

New Resources Address Drought Communication Challenges

A dusty old weather pun says that drought is a very dry topic, but in practice, communicating about drought is an issue saturated with challenges,...
The August 2021 temperature summary infographic, highlighting the monthly average temperature, departure from normal, and comparison to historical and recent years

A Slow-Starting Summer Heated Up in August

Steamy summer weather settled in during August, while Fred’s heavy rain made for a wet month. That wrapped up a summer notable for its tropical...
The July 2021 temperature summary infographic, highlighting the monthly average temperature, departure from normal, and comparison to historical and recent years

Amid a Subdued Summer, Elsa Adds More Rain in July

Summer heat remained scarce in North Carolina last month, while Elsa headlined a wet pattern across the Coastal Plain. Following Elsa, we look at where...
The June 2021 precipitation summary infographic, highlighting the monthly average temperature, departure from normal, and comparison to historical and recent years

Rainfall Extremes in June Jumble the State Drought Map

While the rain reigned in eastern North Carolina last month, the western Piedmont stayed dry and has seen a degradation on the state drought map....
A photograph of a backyard rain gauge with more than 4 inches of water in it.

Drought Diminishes After Early June Deluges

At this time last month, drought had just emerged in North Carolina, and it was expected to expand and intensify even more by the end...
The May 2021 precipitation summary infographic, highlighting the monthly average temperature, departure from normal, and comparison to historical and recent years

May Flowers Wilt Amid Expanding Drought

It was a dry month for North Carolina in May, but also a cooler one with a unique high pressure pattern. The ongoing dry weather...
A map of 30-day percent of normal precipitation for North Carolina

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Drought

Moderate Drought conditions emerged in southeastern North Carolina last week, which was a rude reminder that it’s been a while since we’ve dealt with drought....