High Country Remains Abnormally Dry

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Data released June 16, 2015 by the United States Drought Monitor shows the High Country, and a majority of North Carolina, abnormally dry.

For the contiguous 48 states, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed 24.66 percent of the area in moderate drought or worse, compared with 23.29 percent a week earlier.
Drought now affects 76,469,731 people, compared with 70,783,903 a week earlier.

For all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed 20.67 percent of the area in moderate drought or worse, compared with 19.52 percent a week earlier.
Drought now affects 78,323,542 people, compared with 72,399,806 a week earlier.

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Rainfall data from the Southeast Regional Climate Center shows Boone as the 17th driest June since 1980 *as of June 16*

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