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.