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North Carolina Drought Advisory

Released: April 28, 2016

The North Carolina Drought Advisory issued by the Drought Management Advisory Council has been updated to reflect drought conditions on April 26, 2016 indicated on the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor of North Carolina.  Until further notice, the NCDMAC strongly urges the implementation of drought response actions, for all water users located in or dependent on water resources from the areas of the state experiencing the following drought conditions:

  • (DO) Impending drought conditions (abnormally dry conditions).

County Drought Classification

If the US Drought Monitor of NC shows more than one drought designation in a county, the drought intensity classification for each county published by the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council is the highest drought designation that applies to at least twenty five percent (25%) of the land area of a county.

Drought Classification and Response Actions

D0 - Abnormally Dry

The NCDMAC requests all water users in the counties that are indicated on the US Drought Monitor Map as suffering from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to closely monitor their water supply source for diminished capacity and take precautions to prepare for impending drought conditions.

  • Review and be prepared to implement your Water Shortage Response Plans at the appropriate time.
  • Participate, as appropriate, in regional and local coordination for the management of water resources.
  • Stay informed on drought conditions and advisories (www.ncdrought.org).


Drought Monitor History

Counties Under Current Advisory

D0 - Abnormally Dry

Alamance County
Alexander County
Alleghany County
Anson County
Ashe County
Avery County
Beaufort County
Bladen County
Brunswick County
Buncombe County
Burke County
Cabarrus County
Caldwell County
Carteret County
Caswell County
Catawba County
Chatham County
Cherokee County
Clay County
Cleveland County
Columbus County
Craven County
Cumberland County
Davidson County
Davie County
Duplin County
Durham County
Edgecombe County
Forsyth County
Gaston County
Graham County
Granville County
Greene County
Guilford County
Harnett County
Haywood County
Henderson County
Hoke County
Hyde County
Iredell County
Jackson County
Johnston County
Jones County
Lee County
Lenoir County
Lincoln County
Macon County
Madison County
Martin County
McDowell County
Mecklenburg County
Mitchell County
Montgomery County
Moore County
Nash County
New Hanover County
Onslow County
Orange County
Pamlico County
Pender County
Person County
Pitt County
Polk County
Randolph County
Richmond County
Robeson County
Rockingham County
Rowan County
Rutherford County
Sampson County
Scotland County
Stanly County
Stokes County
Surry County
Swain County
Transylvania County
Tyrrell County
Union County
Vance County
Wake County
Warren County
Washington County
Watauga County
Wayne County
Wilkes County
Wilson County
Yadkin County
Yancey County

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