South Carolina’s drought conditions remained fairly stable this week as reported by the Drought Mitigation Center in their latest report on Thursday. 60.73% of the state is in abnormally dry conditions, compared to 60.69% the previous week, 15.55% of the state is in moderate drought compared to 15.64% last week, and .08% of the state is in severe drought, the same as the previous week. The central counties, and counties along the North Carolina border are drought free.
North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Confined to the Far West
In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center North Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions remain at just under 4%. All the state’s moderate drought, severe drought and extreme drought conditions have dissipated. Only far the western counties Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Graham, and parts of Jackson and Haywood are reporting abnormally dry conditions. The remainder of the state is drought free.
Wet & Cool Predicted for Southeast Through Memorial Day Weekend
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says a wet period for the South and East is expected through Memorial Day Weekend:
“It does look like much of the south and eastern United States will be rather wet the latter part of May. Temperature patterns for the latter part of May, from May, from the 23rd through the 29th, little bit hot across the deep south, including South Texas and Florida’s peninsula.”
EPA Launches WOTUS Review Webpage
The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a web page to keep stakeholders up to date on the review process and potential changes to the agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule. The web page, according to the EPA, will keep the public informed as the EPA reviews the definition of a “Waters of the U.S.” In February, President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing the EPA to review the rule and publish a proposed rule rescinding or revising the rule, including changes to what shall be considered a “navigable water” under the rule.