The dry weather continues to impact western North Carolina as ten counties continue to be in moderate drought, eight are now in extreme drought and seven are in severe drought.
Watauga and Avery remains in moderate drought, while Ashe County is in the abnormally dry status as November begins. The latest update from the North Carolina Drought Management Council shows southwestern North Carolina experiencing the most severe conditions. Eight counties have been added to the extreme drought status, that is up from four just a week ago. Last week 10 counties were in severe drought, 11 in moderate and 10 abnormally dry.
From October 1 through November 2 there has been 2.3 inches of rain officially recorded in Boone, making it the 9th driest for that time frame since 1980. For the year 36.66 inches of precipitation has been recorded, making it the 5th driest since 1980.
Drought categories are based on streamflow, groundwater levels, the amount of water stored in reservoirs, soil moisture, the time of year and other relevant factors for assessing the extent and severity of dry conditions.
Drought map November 1, 2016 from the North Carolina Drought Management Council