Drought Monitor – May 17th

Posted: 12:51 PM, May 17, 2012
Updated: 2012-05-17 12:57:37-04
Drought Monitor – May 17th

Each week the United States Department of Agriculture releases a U.S. drought monitor update, basically a progress report of the drought situation.  This week… good news!  The rain over the past few weeks has help parts of Eastern Virginia and North Carolina in a big way.

The drought monitor uses several categories labeled D0 to D4…

D0 – Abnormally Dry

D1 – Moderate Drought

D2 – Severe Drought

D3 – Extreme Drought

D4 – Exceptional Drought

Here are the stats as of May 17th, 2012… Virginia: 54% in D0. North Carolina: 71% in D0, 23% in D1. 

Last week… Virginia: 61% in D0, 10% in D1. North Carolina: 84% in D0, 64% in D1.

I know that all of this rain has put a damper on a lot of outdoor plans but this is the good result. We still have some catching up to do but for mid May our drought situation is looking okay.