Last Drought Response Meeting:
Number of Counties in Each Category
The maps below are updated regularly to reflect current conditions. Data used for the following indices and indicators are released at different points during the week. To best capture current conditions, a week ranges from Saturday to Friday.
The images below provide the previous month’s conditions regarding temperature and precipitation. The first two images provide the observed temperature and precipitation while the last two images show how observed temperature and precipitation compare to the normal. A "climate normal" is the average (expected) temperature or precipitation for a given time frame (month, season, year) for a given location based on a 30-year average. The precipitation maps show data within the water basins that flow into or are shared with South Carolina.
There are numerous sources of information for assessing drought for different environmental factors and industries.