Last Updated on November 20, 2019 6:00 pm
In the latest drought update, Watauga and Avery counties have now been placed in the severe catorgory while Ashe remains in moderate drought.
48 counties are in moderate drought, that's up by three from last week. 12 counties are in abnormally dry status, last week it stood at 22.
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.
For the contiguous 48 states, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed 19.28 percent of the area in moderate drought or worse, compared with 17.37 percent a week earlier.
Drought now affects 60,191,797 people, compared with 52,818,428 a week earlier.
For all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed 16.96 percent of the area in moderate drought or worse, compared with 16.23 percent a week earlier.
Drought now affects 60,851,009 people, compared with 53,942,233 a week earlier.
D2 Severe Drought
D1 Moderate Drought
D0 Abnormally Dry