The southern portion of Watauga County continues to experience abnormally dry conditions as July comes to a close. The US Drought Monitor, released on Thursday morning, shows Watauga County has rebounded from the entire county under the abnormally dry status on June 30, to just the southern portion still considered dry.
Ashe County has fully recovered, while all but a very small portion of Avery County is still considered abnormally dry.
For the contiguous 48 states, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed 25.71 percent of the area in moderate drought or worse, compared with 26.06 percent a week earlier.
Drought now affects 75,849,606 people, compared with 77,040,866 a week earlier.
High Country drought June 30
High Country drought July 28