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Drought conditions at Fontana Lake, North Carolina


Current streamflow conditions in North Carolina.

Current streamflow conditions map.
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Drought and low-flow map.




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North Carolina Drought Watch

This map below (from the USGS Drought Watch Web site) shows the 7-day average streamflow conditions in major hydrologic units of North Carolina. The colors represent 7-day average streamflow percentiles for the day of the year. Thus, the map shows conditions adjusted for this time of the year. About 100 USGS sites having at least 30 years of record are used. The data used to produce this map are provisional and have not been reviewed or edited. They may be subject to significant change.

Map of below normal 7-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of year.

Map legend for below normal 7-day average streamflow condition map

Colors represent percentiles of general 7-day average streamflow conditions for the day of the year

USGS North Carolina Drought Watch

Average streamflow maps:

Month-End Conditions Report for North Carolina - Monthly Precipitation, streamflow, and ground water levels for selected locations in North Carolina.

North Carolina Drought Links

NC Drought Management Advisory Council

Drought Monitoring (NC Department of Environmental Quality)

Drought Monitor for North Carolina

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Drought Information

Related Links

NC Rainfall map

NC USGS precipitation gages

NC State Climate Office
CRONOS database - archived weather observations from over 2,000 weather sites and 3,000 water sites in and around North Carolina.

Southeast Regional Climate Center
Precipitation Maps Southeast Regional Climate Center Drought Information Historical Climate Summaries for North Carolina

Publications and FAQ

SIR 2005–5053 - The Drought of 1998–2002 in North Carolina — Precipitation and Hydrologic Conditions

OFR 93–642 - Drought

FAQ: The Hydrology of Drought

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