Short-Range Outlooks

The NC Forest Service is supporting the development of monthly Short-Range Outlook resources for North Carolina. These one-page infographics cover week-by-week forecasts of overall temperature and precipitation patterns, their impacts on potential fire danger, and the forecast confidence for each time period.

Prototypes of these outlooks were initially developed under our NOAA-funded drought communications project in response to expressed needs for clearer and more usable one- to four-week forecasts from weather-sensitive sectors across the state, including forestry. Our evaluation at the end of the project found that foresters use these outlooks to maintain situational awareness, to justify resource allocation, and to plan ahead, especially during times of ongoing or anticipated dryness.

New outlooks are created once per month and shared via our drought communication listserv. To receive these outlooks via email when they are released, you can join on the Google Group website, or if you’d prefer to register with a non-Gmail account, contact Corey Davis at cndavis@ncsu.edu to be added to the group.

This Month’s Outlook

Released on September 30, 2021; view as an image or download as a PDF.

For the most up-to-date forecasts during this period, please consult the National Weather Service.

The Short-Range Outlook for North Carolina for September 30 to October 27, 2021

Archived Outlooks

These outlooks are valid for past months and are maintained here as a reference.

MonthRelease DateImage LinkPDF Link
September 2021Released on September 2(view as an image)(download as a PDF)
August 2021Released on August 5(view as an image)(download as a PDF)
July 2021Released on July 8(view as an image)(download as a PDF)
June 2021Released on June 3(view as an image)(download as a PDF)
May 2021Released on May 6(view as an image)(download as a PDF)
April 2021Released on April 1(view as an image)(download as a PDF)
March 2021Released on March 4(view as an image)(download as a PDF)
February 2021Released on February 4(view as an image)(download as a PDF)
January 2021Released on January 7(view as an image)(download as a PDF)
December 2020Released on December 3(view as an image)(download as a PDF)
November 2020Released on October 29(view as an image)(download as a PDF)