Nine WNC Counties Enter Severe Drought
Severe drought is the second category of the four drought classifications. The four drought categories are moderate, severe, extreme and exceptional, ranging from least to most detrimental. The last time severe drought occurred in any part of the state was more than two years ago, the week of April 25, 2017.
“Another week of little to no rainfall and record high temperatures has led to worsening drought conditions,” said Klaus Albertin, chairman of the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council. “If the forecast holds, the entire state may experience drought or dry conditions by mid-October.”
Forty-eight counties are in a moderate drought, the least severe of the four drought categories. Twelve counties are experiencing abnormally dry conditions. Abnormally dry is not drought but means drought could emerge without adequate rainfall……