U.S. Drought Monitor News

Virginia Governor Issues Drought Watch for Entire State

Worsening dry conditions affecting Virginia have prompted Governor Ralph Northam to place the state under a drought watch. The watch issued Friday advises residents, local governments and businesses to use less water. It is meant to get people ready in …

South Carolina Farmers Say Crops In Danger as Drought Grows

Many farmers in South Carolina say a growing drought is threatening to devastate their crops right at harvest time and officials said there are plenty of indications the dry weather will spread. A special committee that reviews drought in the …

Most of Southeast Mostly Drought-Free But Alabama, Georgia Worsening

The Southeastern United States is mostly free of drought, but a new federal assessment shows conditions are worsening slightly in Georgia and Alabama. A new map released last week by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows about one-third of Georgia is …

Drought May Have Aided Storm That Walloped Maine, Northeast

Drought conditions across much of Maine may have contributed to the large numbers of trees that toppled during a storm that walloped the Northeast this week, officials said. The storm cut power to nearly 1.5 million homes and businesses in …

Midwest Crops Stressed by Worsening Drought Conditions

Drought conditions are getting worse in several states, and extreme heat and weeks with little rain have begun to stress corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock in some areas. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor recently released by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln …

U.S. Drought Monitor Says New England Drought is Over

New England is drought free. That’s according to the latest weekly report issued by the U.S. Drought Monitor. While conditions in about a quarter of the state of Connecticut remain “abnormally dry,” no portion of the six-state region is considered …

Worst of Deep South Drought Washed Away by January Rains

Widespread rain is gradually relieving the Deep South’s ongoing drought, leaving only a handful of counties in Alabama and Georgia with extremely dry conditions, a new report shows. Rain drenched a large part of an area that has been abnormally …

Extreme Drought Hurting Crops in Parts of Georgia

Georgia’s ongoing drought – combined with above-average heat – is taking a toll on some crops in the state, authorities said. Crops feeling the effects of the brutal weather include peanuts, corn and hay, WSB Radio reported “It’s kind of …

Average to Below-Average Wildfire Season Expected for Colorado

Firefighters said Tuesday they expect another average or below-average wildfire season in Colorado in 2016, the third mild year in a row. “That’s always good news,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said after announcing the outlook. But even an average year can …

Drought Reaches Severe Level in Parts of North Carolina

Drought conditions are getting worse in western North Carolina, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor assessment released Sept. 10. Five counties in North Carolina are now considered to be in a severe drought. Those are Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, …