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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
947 PM EDT FRI MAR 31 2017

...Modest Drought Improvement Observed Across the North Carolina
Central and Northern Mountains While Remainder of the Western
Carolinas and Northeast Georgia Await Much-Needed Significant
Rainfall to Begin April...

INTERMEDIATE STATEMENT #2017I1

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SYNOPSIS...
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Just prior to the rainfall on March 31, 2017 and the anticipated wet
start to April, drought conditions have improved modestly across the
North Carolina central and northern mountains due to a wetter March.
While departures from normal precip in March were less than they
were in February, the lack of near-normal to above-normal precip
outside of the interior mountain regions allowed drought conditions
to persist through March 30, 2017.  The dry conditions actually
allowed groundwater and streamflow values to fall further behind and
complicated attempts to recharge water supplies before the summer
months, especially along the Keowee-Toxaway-Savannah Basin.  However,
important rainfall occurred on March 31, 2017 and additional
significant rainfall will fall across the entire region during the
first week of April.  This rainfall is expected to contribute
significantly to the recharge necessary to prepare for the seasonal
peak in water demand but is not anticipated to completely overcome
long-term deficits.

Therefore, this drought information statement has been produced in
order to provide a historical marker for the current drought prior
to this anticipated partial recharge.

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CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS BY COUNTY...
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Drought intensity from the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) occupying
at least 25% of surface area in each county is listed below...

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..GEORGIA...
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COUNTY       CATEGORY                  INTENSITY       D1 DROUGHT
             AS OF:                    AS OF:          BEGAN*:
             Aug| Nov| Dec| Feb| Mar   Mar. 28
             16 | 01 | 20 | 07 | 28

Elbert       D2 | D3 | D4 | D2 | D2    Severe          05/03/16
Franklin     D3 | D3 | D4 | D2 | D2    Severe          04/26/16
Habersham    D1 | D3 | D4 | D3 | D3    Extreme         04/26/16
Hart         D2 | D3 | D4 | D2 | D2    Severe          04/26/16
Rabun        D1 | D3 | D3 | D2 | D3    Extreme         04/26/16
Stephens     D2 | D3 | D4 | D2 | D3    Extreme         04/26/16

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..NORTH CAROLINA...
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COUNTY       CATEGORY                  INTENSITY       D1 DROUGHT
             AS OF:                    AS OF:          BEGAN*:
             Aug| Nov| Dec| Feb| Mar   Mar. 28
             16 | 01 | 20 | 07 | 28

Alexander    NO | D0 | D1 | D0 | D1    Moderate        11/08/16
Avery        NO | D1 | D1 | D0 | D1    Moderate        09/20/16
Buncombe     D0 | D2 | D2 | D1 | D2    Severe          05/03/16
Burke        NO | D2 | D1 | D0 | D2    Severe          09/20/16
Cabarrus     NO | NO | D1 | NO | D0    Abnormally Dry  Ended 01/24/17
Caldwell     NO | D1 | D1 | D0 | D2    Severe          09/20/16
Catawba      NO | D1 | D1 | D0 | D2    Severe          11/01/16
Cleveland    NO | D2 | D2 | D1 | D2    Severe          09/27/16
Davie        NO | D0 | D1 | D0 | D1    Moderate        11/15/16
Gaston       D0 | D1 | D1 | D0 | D1    Moderate        10/25/16
Graham       D1 | D3 | D3 | D2 | D2    Severe          05/03/16
Haywood      D1 | D2 | D2 | D1 | D2    Severe          05/03/16
Henderson    NO | D3 | D2 | D1 | D2    Severe          09/20/16
Iredell      NO | D0 | D1 | D0 | D1    Moderate        11/08/16
Jackson      D1 | D2 | D3 | D2 | D2    Severe          05/03/16
Lincoln      D0 | D1 | D1 | D0 | D1    Moderate        10/25/16
Macon        D1 | D3 | D3 | D2 | D2    Severe          05/03/16
Madison      D0 | D2 | D2 | D1 | D1    Moderate        05/03/16
McDowell     NO | D2 | D2 | D1 | D2    Severe          09/20/16
Mecklenburg  D0 | NO | D1 | NO | D0    Abnormally Dry  Ended 01/24/17
Mitchell     NO | D1 | D1 | D0 | D0    Abnormally Dry  09/20/16
Polk         NO | D3 | D2 | D1 | D2    Severe          09/20/16
Rowan        NO | NO | D1 | NO | D1    Moderate        03/14/17
Rutherford   NO | D2 | D2 | D1 | D2    Severe          09/20/16
Swain        D0 | D3 | D3 | D1 | D2    Severe          05/03/16
Transylvania D0 | D3 | D2 | D1 | D2    Severe          09/20/16
Union        NO | NO | D1 | NO | D0    Abnormally Dry  Ended 01/24/17
Yancey       D0 | D1 | D1 | D0 | D1    Moderate        09/20/16

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..SOUTH CAROLINA...
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COUNTY       CATEGORY                  INTENSITY       D1 DROUGHT
             AS OF:                    AS OF:          BEGAN*:
             Aug| Nov| Dec| Feb| Mar   Mar. 28
             16 | 01 | 20 | 07 | 28

Abbeville    D3 | D3 | D3 | D2 | D2    Severe          05/03/16
Anderson     D2 | D3 | D3 | D2 | D2    Severe          05/03/16
Cherokee     D0 | D2 | D2 | D0 | D2    Severe          09/27/16
Chester      D0 | D0 | D2 | D0 | D1    Moderate        11/15/16
Greenville   D0 | D3 | D3 | D1 | D2    Severe          05/10/16
Greenwood    D2 | D1 | D2 | D1 | D1    Moderate        06/28/16
Laurens      D1 | D3 | D2 | D1 | D2    Severe          07/12/16
Oconee       D1 | D3 | D3 | D2 | D3    Extreme         04/26/16
Pickens      D1 | D3 | D3 | D1 | D3    Extreme         05/03/16
Spartanburg  D0 | D3 | D2 | D1 | D2    Severe          07/05/16
Union        D0 | D1 | D2 | D1 | D2    Severe          10/25/16
York         D0 | D1 | D2 | D0 | D1    Moderate        10/25/16

DEFINITIONS...

D1 DROUGHT BEGAN: The date D1 conditions began for a given county.
                  In order for a county to be removed from drought
                  and the D1 DROUGHT BEGAN date to be reset, the
                  county must receive a NO drought classification.
                  D0 is not technically a drought category, but it
                  also can indicate lingering drought conditions
                  remain and therefore cannot be used to end a
                  drought.

                  For example, if a county was in D1, then upgraded
                  to D0 for 4 weeks, then returns to D1 on the fifth
                  week, the DROUGHT BEGAN date is NOT reset because
                  D0 conditions never ended and the county therefore
                  never fully recovered from the drought.

USDM CLASSIFICATIONS...

D0 Abnormally Dry:     - 21st-30th precipitation percentile
                       - 21-30 percent chance of occurrence
                         IN ANY GIVEN YEAR
                       - OVER A LONG-TERM AVERAGE,
                         occurs once every 3 years
                       - Going into drought: Short-term dryness
                         slowing planting, growth of crops or
                         pastures;
                       - Coming out of drought: Some lingering water
                         deficits; pastures or crops not fully
                         recovered;
                       - Streamflows below 30th percentile

D1 Moderate Drought:   - 11th-20th precipitation percentile
                       - 11-20 percent chance of occurrence
                         IN ANY GIVEN YEAR
                       - OVER A LONG-TERM AVERAGE,
                         occurs once every 5 years
                       - Some damage to crops, pastures;
                       - Streams, reservoirs, or wells low, some
                         water shortages developing or imminent;
                       - Streamflows below 20th percentile

D2 Severe Drought:     - 6th-10th precipitation percentile
                       - 6-10 percent chance of occurrence
                         IN ANY GIVEN YEAR
                       - OVER A LONG-TERM AVERAGE,
                         occurs once every 10 years
                       - Crop or pasture losses likely;
                       - Water shortages or restrictions common;
                       - Streamflows below 10th percentile

D3 Extreme Drought:    - 3rd-5th precipitation percentile
                       - 3-5 percent chance of occurrence
                         IN ANY GIVEN YEAR
                       - OVER A LONG-TERM AVERAGE,
                         occurs once every 20 years
                       - Major crop/pasture losses;
                       - Widespread water shortages or restrictions;
                       - Streamflows below 5th percentile

D4 Exceptional Drought:- 0-2nd precipitation percentile
                       - Less than 2 percent chance of occurrence
                         IN ANY GIVEN YEAR
                       - OVER A LONG-TERM AVERAGE,
                         occurs once every 50 years
                       - Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture
                         losses;
                       - Shortages of water in reservoirs,
                         streams, and wells creating water
                         emergencies;
                       - Streamflows below 2nd percentile

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..COMPARISON TO PAST DROUGHTS...
--------------------------------

The 2007-2009 drought was the worst drought for western North
Carolina, upstate South Carolina, and Northeast Georgia in terms of
severity and extent since the categorization of drought began in
2000.  The current drought is not yet as significant as the 2007-2009
drought.  For comparison purposes, the 2007-2008 drought began
(classified as the first presence of D1 conditions anywhere in the
region) in February 2007 and ended in early May of 2009 for a total
duration of 26 months.  During this drought there was an initial
intensity peak in late December of 2007, followed by a modest
improvement during the spring of 2008, but then the drought
re-strengthened through the summer and fall of 2008 before gradually
weakening through the winter and spring of 2009. Cabarrus,
Mecklenburg, Rowan, and Union counties in North Carolina experienced
an earlier end to the drought from October to early December of 2008.

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SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
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..AGRICULTURAL...
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Drought Disaster Counties
------------------------as of January 4, 2017------------------------
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As of March 22, 2017:

STATE           COUNTY        TYPE

Georgia         Elbert        Primary
Georgia         Franklin      Primary
Georgia         Habersham     Primary
Georgia         Hart          Primary
Georgia         Rabun      Primary
Georgia         Stephens      Primary

North Carolina  Alexander     No Disaster Designation
North Carolina  Avery         No Disaster Designation
North Carolina  Buncombe      Contiguous
North Carolina  Burke         Contiguous
North Carolina  Caldwell      No Disaster Designation
North Carolina  Catawba       Contiguous
North Carolina  Cleveland     Primary
North Carolina  Davie         No Disaster Designation
North Carolina  Gaston        Primary
North Carolina  Graham        Contiguous
North Carolina  Haywood       Primary
North Carolina  Henderson     Contiguous
North Carolina  Iredell       Contiguous
North Carolina  Jackson       Contiguous
North Carolina  Lincoln       Primary
North Carolina  Macon         Primary
North Carolina  Madison       Primary
North Carolina  McDowell      No Disaster Designation
North Carolina  Mecklenburg   Contiguous
North Carolina  Mitchell      No Disaster Designation
North Carolina  Polk          Contiguous
North Carolina  Rowan         No Disaster Designation
North Carolina  Rutherford    Contiguous
North Carolina  Swain         Primary
North Carolina  Transylvania  Contiguous
North Carolina  Union         No Disaster Designation
North Carolina  Yancey        Contiguous

South Carolina  Abbeville     Primary
South Carolina  Anderson      Primary
South Carolina  Cherokee      Primary
South Carolina  Chester       Primary
South Carolina  Greenville    Primary
South Carolina  Greenwood     Primary
South Carolina  Laurens       Primary
South Carolina  Oconee        Primary
South Carolina  Pickens       Primary
South Carolina  Spartanburg   Primary
South Carolina  Union         Primary
South Carolina  York          Primary

For more information on requesting assistance, please visit:
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/
disaster-assistance-program/index

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..RECREATIONAL...
-----------------

Savannah Basin lakes continue to experience well-below target
reservoir levels and impacts to boat ramps, docks, beaches, marinas,
and other recreational areas continue.  Visitors are encouraged to
contact reservoir operators before travelling in order to stay
abreast of specific access point closures.

Visitors and residents to Lake Hartwell are being advised to take
greater care when boating and fishing as the well-below target
reservoir levels are revealing additional obstructions such as rocks
and tree stumps or bringing underwater obstructions closer to the
surface.  Some lake coves have dried up to unnavigable and/or
unusable levels.  As a result, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is
strongly advising boaters to stay within the main channel whenever
possible.  Declining reservoir pools and drying coves are forcing
residents and marina operators to move or close docks and relocate
boats.

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------------------ KNOWN BOAT RAMP/ACCESS CLOSURES*------------------
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RESERVOIR | RAMP/ACCESS AREA          | NOTES

Hartwell  | Apple Island              |
Hartwell  | Big Oaks                  | Left Lane Closed
Hartwell  | Broyles                   | Left and Right Lanes Closed
Hartwell  | Cleveland                 |
Hartwell  | Durham                    |
Hartwell  | Friendship                | Left Lane Closed
Hartwell  | Jarrett                   |
Hartwell  | Oconee Point Campground   |
Hartwell  | Paynes Creek Campground   | Inside Ramp Closed
Hartwell  | Poplar Springs            | Left Lane Closed
Hartwell  | River Forks               | Right Lane Closed
Hartwell  | Spring Branch             |
Hartwell  | Springfield Campground    |
Hartwell  | Tabor                     |
Hartwell  | Townville                 |
Hartwell  | Walker Creek              |

DEFINITIONS:
*CLOSURES = Closures may not be due to drought and may be due to
            scheduled maintenance.

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------------------ MAINSTEM RIVER RUNNABLE STATUS -------------------
                       (as of March 30, 2017)
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RIVER             | RUNNABLE (BOATING) STATUS

Broad (GA)        | Not Recommended
Broad (NC)        | Lower Runnable
Broad (SC)        | Lower Runnable
Catawba           | Above Lake James: Lower Runnable
Chattooga         | Upper: Not Recommended / Lower: Lower Runnable
Enoree            | Upper: Lower Runnable / Lower: Not Recommended
French Broad      | Upper Fks: Not Recommended / Main: Lower Runnable
Little Tennessee  | Lower Runnable
Nantahala         | Not Recommended
Pacolet           | Not Recommended
Pigeon            | Upper Fks: Not Recommended / Main: Lower Runnable
Reedy             | Upper: Not Recommended / Lower: Lower Runnable
Rocky (NC)        | Runnable
Saluda            | Not Recommended
Swannanoa         | Not Recommended
Tallulah          | Not Recommended
Tuckasegee        | Not Recommended
Tyger             | Not Recommended
Yadkin            | Upper: Not Recommended / Lower: Lower Runnable

SOURCE: http://www.americanwhitewater.org

Users are advised to exercise caution along below-normal runs and
avoid below-recommended level rivers as additional protrusions
become visible or reside just below the surface.

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..WATER RESTRICTIONS...
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Keowee-Toxaway River Basin Status...
------------------------------------

As of March 31st, 2017, the Keowee-Toxaway River basin is currently
in Stage 2 of the Low Inflow Protocol established by the
Keowee-Toxaway Drought Management Advisory Group.

Large water intake users, including municipal, industrial, and power
plant users, are required to reduce withdrawals from Lake Keowee by a
minimum of 5-10% from normal intake. This may impact the water
supplies of communities that rely on Lake Keowee.  Furthermore,
voluntary water conservation is encouraged for all other users of the
Keowee-Toxaway basin water supply.

For additional information, please refer to the following website:
https://www.duke-energy.com/lakes

Catawba River Basin Status...
-----------------------------

As of March 31st, 2017, the Catawba River basin is currently in
Stage 1 of the Low Inflow Protocol established by the Catawba-Wateree
Drought Management Advisory Group.

Water usage is being closely monitored and users are being asked to
voluntarily reduce irrigation to two days each week (Tuesday and
Saturday).

For additional information, please refer to the following website:
https://www.duke-energy.com/lakes

Little Tennessee River Basin Status...
--------------------------------------

As of March 31st, 2017, Low Inflow Protocol is not in effect for
any of the Nantahala and Tuckasegee River Basin reservoirs.

For additional information, please refer to the following website:
https://www.duke-energy.com/lakes

Savannah Basin Status...
------------------------

Since September 19th, 2016, Lake Hartwell, Richard B. Russell Lake,
and Lake Thurmond have been in in Level 2 of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers` Drought Management Plan.  As reservoir levels decrease,
impacts are possible for local municipalities that rely on these
lakes for water supply.  The reductions in discharge from Thurmond
Dam as a result of the Level 2 status is reducing generation of
hydroelectric power for the Southeastern Power Administration.

For additional information, please refer to the following website:
http://balancingthebasin.armylive.dodlive.mil/

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-------------------- KNOWN WATER RESTRICTIONS -----------------------
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STATE            CITY, COUNTY, or PROVIDER   STAGE  TYPE

Georgia        | Elbert County             | 1    | Voluntary
Georgia        | Franklin County           | 1    | Voluntary
Georgia        | Habersham County          | 2    | Mandatory
Georgia        | Hart County               | 1    | Voluntary
Georgia        | Rabun County              | None | No Restrictions
Georgia        | Stephens County           | 1    | Voluntary

North Carolina | Alexander                 | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Banner Elk                | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Beech Mountain            | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Belmont                   | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Bryson City               | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Burke County              | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Burnsville                | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Caldwell County           | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Canton                    | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Catawba County            | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Charlotte                 | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Cherryville               | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Concord                   | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Gastonia                  | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Harrisburg                | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Hendersonville            | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Hickory                   | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Junaluska Sanitary Dist.  | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Kannapolis                | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Lincoln County            | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Old Fort                  | NA   | Voluntary
North Carolina | McAdenville               | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Montreat                  | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Mooresville               | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Sapphire                  | NA   | Mandatory
North Carolina | Sugar Mountain            | NA   | Mandatory
North Carolina | Tryon                     | 1    | Voluntary
North Carolina | Union County              | 2    | Mandatory
North Carolina | Western Carolina Univ.    | 1    | Voluntary

South Carolina | City of Union             | NA   | Voluntary
South Carolina | York County               | 1    | Voluntary
South Carolina | Greenville Water          | NA   | Voluntary

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

North Carolina: For detailed water management plans and required
                calls-to-action for your community, please visit:
                http://www.ncwater.org/Drought_Monitoring/reporting/
                displaystate.php?sby=facility

Charlotte:      Irrigation only on Tuesday and Saturday, 6pm-6am,
                only 1-inch of water per week;
                No residential car washing;
                No pool filling, no fountains;
                http://charlottenc.gov/Water/Pages/
                DroughtCentral.aspx
Concord,
Harrisburg,
Kannapolis:     http://www.concordnc.gov/Resident/Community-
                News/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/882
Greenville
Water:          Outdoor watering only twice-per-week between 7pm and
                8am for no more than 10 minutes
                https://www.greenvillewater.com/
                dry-weather-leads-to-voluntary-water-restrictions/

York County:    Outdoor watering limited to only two days per week;
                Reduce outdoor washing

Hendersonville: Customers to reduce water usage by 10%


Calls to Action...
------------------

The public in encouraged to contact their local municipalities to
confirm the lack of water restrictions in their specific area.
Please be mindful of drought conditions in your area even if your
community is not officially under water restrictions.  Limit outdoor
watering and conserve water use indoors whenever possible.

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..WILDFIRE DANGER...
--------------------

Advisories...
-------------

No advisories are in effect as of late March 2017.

Current Wildfires...
--------------------

There are only very small (<10 acres) wildfires ongoing as of March
30, 2017. Prescribed burns will be normal through mid-spring. For
more information, please visit:

http://www.state.sc.us/forest/scfires.htm
http://www.state.sc.us/forest/scnotifs.htm
http://www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc
http://www.ncforestservice.gov/fire_control/sit_report.htm

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------- NOTABLE (LARGE-INCIDENT) FIRES DURING CURRENT DROUGHT -------
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STATE | LOCATION / INCIDENT                 | SIZE   | CONTAINMENT
                                              (ac)     (%) | DATE

NC    | May Branch, Nantahala Lake   / 5080 |    175 | 100 | 11/12/16
NC    | Dobson Rdge, Qualla Boundary / 5097 |    756 | 100 | 11/25/16
NC    | Rocky Knob, 8 W Franklin     / 5077 |  1,130 | 100 | 11/27/16
NC    | Cliffside, 3 NW Highlands    / 5081 |    110 | 100 | 11/27/16
NC    | Moses Ck, 4 NW Cullowhee     / 5083 |    103 | 100 | 11/27/16
NC    | Avey Branch, Santeetlah Lake / 5089 |  1,200 | 100 | 11/27/16
NC    | Ferebee, 1 N Nantahala       / 5093 |  3,175 | 100 | 11/27/16
NC    | Muskrat Vly, 7.5 SW Franklin / 5099 |    104 | 100 | 11/27/16
NC    | Cathey Gp, 3 NE Wolf Ck Lake / 5105 |    123 | 100 | 11/27/16
NC    | Maple Sprngs, Santeetlah Lk  / 5090 |  7,788 | 100 | 12/02/16
NC    | Boteler, 6 E Hayesville      / 5075 |  9,036 | 100 | 12/03/16
NC    | Dicks Creek, 2 NW Sylva      / 5082 |    729 | 100 | 12/03/16
NC    | Tellico, 3 S Almond          / 5084 | 13.874 | 100 | 12/03/16
NC    | Clear Creek, 3 NW Plsnt Grdns/ 5106 |  3,163 | 100 | 12/03/16
NC    | Camp Branch, 7 W Franklin    / 5110 |  3,422 | 100 | 12/03/16
NC    | Old Roughy, Santeetlah Lk    / 5098 |    657 | 100 | 12/05/16
SC    | Pinnacle Mtn, 10.5 N Pickens / 5108 | 10,623 | 100 | 12/05/16
NC    | Sugar Cove, 10 NW Marion     / NA   |    577 | 100 | 02/07/17

For more information about any fires with an incident number, please
visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/
(e.g., https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5108/)

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Calls to Action...
------------------

South Carolina state law requires residents outside of town or city
limits to notify the SC Forestry Commission prior to burning
outdoors!  Please visit the following website to call a toll-free
number in your county prior to burning yard debris:
http://www.state.sc.us/forest/fyard.htm

For more information about the North Carolina Open Burning Rule,
please visit: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/
air-quality-enforcement/open-burning

Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook...
----------------------------------------------

The Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook from the NIFC
calls for NEAR NORMAL fire potential through June 2017.

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--------- FIRE DANGER and KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDEX (KBDI) ---------
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              CURRENT         KBDI**     KBDI DEPARTURE
REGION*       FIRE            (03/30)    FROM NORMAL
              DANGER (03/27)             (03/30)

NC Piedmont   Moderate      | <100-200 | +  0-+200 Slightly Abv Nrml
NC Foothills  Moderate      | <100-200 | +  0-+100 Slightly Abv Nrml
NC Nrn Mnts   Moderate      | <100     | +  0-+ 50 Normal
NC Cntl Mnts  Moderate      | <100     | +  0-+ 75 Normal
NC Srn Mnts   Moderate      | <100     | +  0-+ 75 Normal

SC Mnts/      Moderate      | <100-200 | +  0-+200 Slightly Abv Nrml
   Foothills
SC Piedmont   Low-Moderate  |  100-200 | + 50-+200 Slightly Abv Nrml

GA NE Mnts/   Low           | <100-150 | + 50-+200 Slightly Abv Nrml
   Foothills
GA Piedmont   Low-Moderate  | <100-200 | + 50-+150 Slightly Abv Nrml

DEFINITIONS...

*A list of all counties and their assigned geographical region
appears near the end of the Drought Information Statement.

**KBDI and measures the impact of evapotranspiration and
precipitation on moisture deficiencies in the upper soil layer and
the layer of decomposing organic materials just above the soil. It
is derived solely from normal annual precipitation, daily
precipitation amount, and daily maximum air temperature.

A value of zero represents no moisture deficiency while a value of
800 is the maximum deficiency measured.  This means for a value of
800, it will take 8.00 inches of rainfall in 24-hours to reduce the
index to zero or saturation.

KBDI =  0-200: Soil moisture and large class fuel moistures are high
               and do not contribute much to fire intensity. Typical
               of spring dormant season following winter
               precipitation.

KBDI =200-400: Typical of late spring, early growing season. Lower
               litter and duff layers are drying and beginning to
               contribute to fire intensity.

KBDI =400-600: Typical of late summer, early fall. Lower litter and
               duff layers actively contribute to fire intensity and
               will burn actively.

KBDI =600-800: Often associated with more severe drought with
               increased wildfire occurrence. Intense, deep burning
               fires with significant downwind spotting can be
               expected. Live fuels can also be expected to burn
               actively at these levels.

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PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE SUMMARY...
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..OBSERVED WEATHER OVER THE PAST 90 DAYS...
-------------------------------------------

February
--------

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-------------- AVERAGE TEMPERATURES for FEBRUARY 2017 ---------------
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                             DEPART
              AVG    NORMAL  from      WARM   PREV/CURR     RECORDS
SITE          TEMP   TEMP    NORMAL    RANK   RECORD        BEGAN
              (deg)  (deg)   (deg)

AVL Airport | 47.6 | 40.4  |  +7.2  |   1st | 45.6 (1990) | 1946
CLT Airport | 53.4 | 43.9  |  +9.5  |   1st | 52.2 (1990) | 1939
GSP Airport | 53.9 | 45.8  |  +8.1  |   1st | 50.6 (1990) | 1962

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------------- ESTIMATED RAINFALL OVER THE PAST 60 DAYS --------------
----------  (January 30th, 2017 through March 30th, 2017) -----------
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              60-DAY                    DEPARTURE         60-DAY
              OBSERVED     60-DAY       FROM              PERCENT OF
REGION        PRECIP       NORMAL       NORMAL*           NORMAL
              (in)         (in)         (in)              (%)

NC Piedmont   2.00- 6.00 | 7.00- 9.00 | -2.00 to + 1.50 | 35-110
NC Foothills  3.00- 7.00 | 8.00-10.00 | -1.50 to + 2.00 | 75-130
NC Nrn Mnts   4.00- 7.00 | 7.00-10.00 | -0.50 to + 2.00 | 90-150
NC Cntl Mnts  3.50- 9.00 | 6.50-15.00 | -1.50 to + 1.50 | 75-135
NC Srn Mnts   4.50- 9.00 | 7.50-15.00 | -3.00 to + 3.00 | 65-150

SC Mnts/      3.00- 9.00 | 9.00-14.00 | -2.00 to + 1.50 | 50-125
   Foothills
SC Piedmont   2.00- 4.00 | 7.00- 9.00 | -2.00 to - 1.00 | 40- 90

GA NE Mnts/   3.50- 7.00 |10.00-15.00 | -3.00 to + 1.50 | 60-110
   Foothills
GA Piedmont   2.00- 5.00 | 8.50-10.00 | -3.00 to - 1.00 | 40- 80

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-------------- RECORDS BROKEN SINCE DECEMBER 23, 2016 ---------------
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                                           NEW      PREVIOUS
DATE    SITE           TYPE                RECORD   RECORD (YEAR)

12/31 | Anderson     | Min Annual Precip | 25.07" | 31.80" (2007)
12/31 | Carnesville  | Min Annual Precip | 29.05" | 31.47" (1954)
12/31 | Clarkesville | Min Annual Precip | 37.35" | 43.68" (2006)
12/31 | Elberton     | Min Annual Precip | 27.61" | 31.51" (1986)
12/31 | Franklin     | Min Annual Precip | 36.83" | 38.35" (1986)
12/31 | Hartwell     | Min Annual Precip | 29.61" | 31.09" (1981)
12/31 | Laurens      | Min Annual Precip | 29.12" | 30.74" (1925)
12/31 | Rock Hill    | Min Annual Precip | 25.56" | 26.76" (2007)
12/31 | Walhalla     | Min Annual Precip | 34.60" | 38.49" (2007)
01/06 | CLT Airport  | Snowfall          |  0.1"  |     t  (1952)
01/13 | CLT Airport  | Max Temp          | 78     |    75  (2013)
01/16 | AVL Airport  | High Min Temp     | 49     |    47  (1947)
01/18 | CLT Airport  | Max Temp          | 75     |    71  (1937)
01/18 | GSP Airport  | Max Temp          | 78     |    71  (1928)
01/25 | GSP Airport  | Max Temp          | 74 T   |    74  (1909)
02/11 | CLT Airport  | Max Temp          | 77     |    75  (1965)
02/12 | AVL Airport  | Max Temp          | 78     |    68  (1951)
02/12 | CLT Airport  | Max Temp          | 80     |    73  (1999)
02/12 | CLT Airport  | High Min Temp     | 59     |    53  (1966)
02/12 | GSP Airport  | Max Temp          | 81 Ex  |    75  (1987)
02/12 | GSP Airport  | High Min Temp     | 60 Ex  |    54  (1966)
02/23 | GSP Airport  | Max Temp          | 76 T   |    76  (2012)
02/28 | Rock Hill    | Min Feb. Precip   | 0.78"  |  1.06" (2015)
02/28 | Taylorsville | Min Feb. Precip   | 1.07"  |  1.10" (2000)
03/17 | CLT Airport  | Min Temp          | 22     |    23  (1900)

DEFINITIONS:

Ex= Extreme for Month
T = Tied
t = Trace

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------------- MEASURED PRECIPITATION for FEBRUARY 2017 --------------
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                               FEB    DEPT.     %
                              2017    FROM     OF  DRIEST     WET
CITY           COUNTY       PRECIP    NRML   NRML    RANK    RANK
                              (in)    (in)    (%)


GEORGIA
Carnesville  | Franklin    |  2.39 | -2.48 |  49% |  16th | >25th
Clarkesville | Habersham   |  1.46 | -4.24 |  26% |   2nd |  23rd
Clayton      | Rabun       |  1.59 | -4.25 |  27% |   6th | >25th
Elberton     | Elbert      |  1.48 | -2.98 |  33% |   6th | >25th
Hartwell     | Hart        |  2.57 | -2.24 |  53% |  23rd | >25th
Toccoa       | Stephens    |  1.62 | -3.56 |  31% |   8th | >25th

NORTH CAROLINA
AVL Airport  | Buncombe    |  0.70 | -3.06 |  19% |   4th | >25th
Beech Mtn    | Avery       |  1.43 | -2.37 |  38% |   2nd |  25th
Cherokee     | Swain       |  2.19 | -2.50 |  47% |   9th | >25th
CLT Airport  | Mecklenburg |  1.19 | -2.13 |  36% |   8th | >25th
Concord      | Cabarrus    |  1.02 | -2.37 |  30% |   5th | >25th
Franklin     | Macon       |  1.07 | -3.67 |  23% |   3rd | >25th
Hickory      | Catawba     |  1.12 | -2.60 |  30% |   4th | >25th
Lenoir       | Caldwell    |  0.93 | -2.74 |  25% |   8th | >25th
Lincolnton   | Lincoln     |  0.50 | -3.15 |  14% |   2nd | >25th
Marion       | McDowell    |  0.72 | -3.44 |  17% |   6th | >25th
Marshall     | Madison     |  1.13 | -2.07 |  35% |   9th | >25th
Mocksville   | Davie       |  0.61 | -2.97 |  17% |   4th | >25th
Monroe       | Union       |  1.31 | -2.51 |  34% |  12th | >25th
Salisbury    | Rowan       |  0.47 | -3.05 |  13% |   2nd | >25th
Shelby       | Cleveland   |  0.80 | -2.88 |  22% |   2nd | >25th
Taylorsville | Alexander   |  1.07 | -3.20 |  25% |   1st | >25th
Tryon        | Polk        |  0.96 | -3.90 |  20% |   3rd | >25th
Waynesville  | Haywood     |  1.19 | -3.29 |  27% |   7th | >25th

SOUTH CAROLINA
Anderson     | Anderson    |  2.29 | -1.61 |  59% |  15th | >25th
Chesnee      | Spartanburg |  1.33 | -2.63 |  34% |   9th | >25th
Chester      | Chester     |  1.57 | -2.21 |  42% |  11th | >25th
GRD Airport  | Greenwood   |  1.60 | -2.53 |  39% |   2nd |  16th
GSP Airport  | Spartanburg |  1.20 | -2.77 |  30% |   6th | >25th
Laurens      | Laurens     |  1.67 | -2.53 |  40% |  13th | >25th
Rock Hill    | York        |  0.78 | -2.92 |  21% |   1st |  19th
Union        | Union       |  1.36 | -2.78 |  33% |   6th | >25th
Walhalla     | Oconee      |  1.78 | -3.12 |  36% |   9th | >25th

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PRECIPITATION and TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK*...
=====================================================================

* The weather, temperature, and precipitation outlook is based
on the best available guidance and weather pattern analysis at
the issuance time of this statement.

For the LATEST FORECAST for the region, please visit:
http://weather.gov/gsp
and enter your zip code or click on the Watch, Warning, and
Advisories (WWA) map.

For the LATEST DISCUSSION for the region, please visit:
http://weather.gov/gsp
and click on the Forecaster`s Discussion link below the WWA map

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---- 1-10 DAY FUTURE PRECIPITATION FORECAST and FLOOD POTENTIAL -----
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REGION        10-DAY      % OF      MAINSTEM     SMALL STREAM
              PRECIP      NORMAL    FLOOD PTNTL  FLOOD PTNTL
              (in)

NC Piedmont   1.50-3.00 | 140-175 | Slight     | Moderate
NC Foothills  2.00-5.00 | 150-225 | Near Zero  | Moderate
NC Nrn Mnts   1.50-2.50 | 110-140 | NA         | Near Zero
NC Cntl Mnts  1.50-3.00 | 125-150 | Slight     | Slight
NC Srn Mnts   2.00-5.00 | 150-200 | Moderate   | Moderate

SC Mnts       2.00-5.00 | 110-200 | NA         | Slight
SC Foothills  2.00-4.00 | 125-200 | Slight     | Moderate
SC Piedmont   1.50-3.00 | 140-175 | Zero       | Near Zero

GA NE Mnts/   2.00-5.00 | 110-200 | Near Zero  | Slight
   Foothills
GA Piedmont   2.00-4.00 | 125-200 | Zero       | Near Zero

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---------- 8-90 DAY PRECIPITATION and TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS ----------
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For the latest 8-14 Day Outlook, please visit:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/
interactive/index.php

For the latest 15-30 Day Outlook and Discussion, please visit:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/WK34/

For the latest 30-90 Day Outlooks, please visit:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/


REGION        8-14 DAY          15-30 DAY         30-120 DAY
              PRECIPITATION     PRECIPITATION     PRECIPITATION
              OUTLOOK           OUTLOOK           OUTLOOK

NC Piedmont   Slight Blw Nrml | Slight Blw Nrml | Equal Chances
NC Foothills  Slight Blw Nrml | Slight Blw Nrml | Equal Chances
NC Nrn Mnts   Slight Blw Nrml | Slight Blw Nrml | Equal Chances
NC Cntl Mnts  Slight Blw Nrml | Slight Blw Nrml | Equal Chances
NC Srn Mnts   Slight Blw Nrml | Slight Blw Nrml | Equal Chances

SC Mnts       Slight Blw Nrml | Below Normal    | Equal Chances
SC Foothills  Slight Blw Nrml | Below Normal    | Equal Chances
SC Piedmont   Slight Blw Nrml | Below Normal    | Equal Chances

GA NE Mnts/   Slight Blw Nrml | Below Normal    | Equal Chances
   Foothills
GA Piedmont   Slight Blw Nrml | Below Normal    | Equal Chances


REGION        8-14 DAY          15-30 DAY         30-120 DAY
              TEMPERATURE       TEMPERATURE       TEMPERATURE
              OUTLOOK           OUTLOOK           OUTLOOK

NC Piedmont   Slight Abv Nrml | Slight Abv Nrml | Above Normal
NC Foothills  Slight Abv Nrml | Slight Abv Nrml | Above Normal
NC Nrn Mnts   Slight Abv Nrml | Slight Abv Nrml | Above Normal
NC Cntl Mnts  Slight Abv Nrml | Slight Abv Nrml | Above Normal
NC Srn Mnts   Slight Abv Nrml | Slight Abv Nrml | Above Normal

SC Mnts       Slight Abv Nrml | Slight Abv Nrml | Above Normal
SC Foothills  Slight Abv Nrml | Slight Abv Nrml | Above Normal
SC Piedmont   Slight Abv Nrml | Slight Abv Nrml | Above Normal

GA NE Mnts/   Slight Abv Nrml | Slight Abv Nrml | Above Normal
   Foothills
GA Piedmont   Slight Abv Nrml | Slight Abv Nrml | Above Normal

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Note that Equal-Chances means there are equal chances for
above-normal...normal...and below-normal precipitation during
the given period.  In other words, there is no clear signal for
precipitation during the given period.

----------------------------------------
..El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)...
----------------------------------------

The eastern Pacific is currently ENSO-Neutral, which means that the
sea surface temperatures near the equator in the central and
east-central Pacific Ocean are only slightly below average.  ENSO-
neutral conditions are expected to persist through June of 2017.
As a result, there exists no clear hemispheric signal that would
provide confidence in forecasting a departure from normal
precipitation heading through the spring and early summer months.

Therefore, medium-range (i.e., 8-14 day) weather patterns and
individual weather systems will have to be closely monitored, as
there are many other atmospheric signals that cannot be predicted
months in advance that will also have an influence on our weather.

=====================================================================
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY and OUTLOOK...
=====================================================================

--------------------
..IMPORTANT NOTES...
--------------------

It is very important to note that flash flooding and flooding
of smaller tributaries is still very possible during periods of
drought.  Several important and damaging flash floods have
were observed this past summer despite the drought.  Residents are
strongly encouraged to heed related flood advisories and warnings,
even during significant drought.

The winter and early spring months are a critical time for the water
system as widespread winter precipitation normally restores
streamflows and reservoir levels following the spotty, convective
nature of precipitation during the summer and the drier weeks of
early fall.  This recharge of the water system is critical for
adequate water supply heading into the late spring and summer of
2017.  When the winter begins in a significant drought, it takes a
greater amount of precipitation to adequately complete this recharge.

----------------------------
..SOIL and CROP MOISTURE*...
----------------------------

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----- CPC SOIL/CROP MOISTURE ESTIMATES (1600-mm or 5.25ft Depth) ----
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              03/30         03/30                 03/25
              SOIL          SOIL      CHANGE      SHORT-TERM
              MOISTURE      MOISTURE  FROM        CROP MOISTURE
              ANOMALY       %ile      DEC 31      INDEX
REGION        (mm)          (%)       (mm)

NC Piedmont   - 80 to -100 |  3-10 | -40 to + 0 | -1 - +1, Near Nrml
NC Foothills  -100 to -120 |  2- 5 | -20 to +30 | -1 - +1, Near Nrml
NC Nrn Mnts   - 80 to -100 |  5-10 | -10 to +10 | -1 - +1, Near Nrml
NC Cntl Mnts  - 60 to -100 |  5-15 | + 0 to +30 | -1 - +1, Near Nrml
NC Srn Mnts   - 80 to -120 |  1-10 | +10 to +30 | -1 - +1, Near Nrml

SC Mnts/      -120 to -130 |    <1 | +20 to +40 | -1 - +1, Near Nrml
   Foothills
SC Piedmont   - 80 to -120 |  3-10 | -20 to +20 | -1 - +1, Near Nrml

GA NE Mnts/   -100 to -120 |  1- 5 | +20 to +30 | -1 - +1, Near Nrml
   Foothills
GA Piedmont   -110 to -130 |  1- 5 | + 0 to +30 | -1 - +1, Near Nrml

DEFINITIONS:

*EVAPOTRANSPIRATION = The loss of moisture from the soil to the
                      atmosphere plus the loss of moisture from the
                      soil to vegetation.

*INTERPRETATION = Note that above-normal temperatures and
                  below-normal precipitation exacerbate the loss of
                  soil moisture through evapotranspiration, while
                  below-normal temperatures and above-normal
                  precipitation mitigates soil-moisture deficits.
                  However, heading into fall and winter, cooler
                  temperatures and less-active or dormant vegetation
                  reduce demands on the water system and while still
                  important, the effects of above-normal temperatures
                  and below-normal precipitation are lessened.

**CROP MOISTURE = Depicts short-term (< 1 month) dryness or wetness
  INDEX           impacting agriculture.  Negative values indicate
                  dryness, while positive values indicate wetness.
                  The index is not a depicter of medium-range (i.e.,
                  1-6 months) to long-range (i.e., >6 months)
                  drought.

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-----------------
..GROUNDWATER*...
-----------------

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------------------ GROUNDWATER WELL MEASUREMENTS --------------------
---------------- Depth Below Ground Surface in Feet -----------------
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                                             CHANGE***RECORD
                              DEPTH*  APR**   SINCE   LOWEST  and
                              03/30  MEDIAN  02/05#   LEVEL   DATE
COUNTY       LOCATION          (ft)    (ft)    (ft)   (ft)

Burke        Glen Alpine      11.80 | 10.64 | +0.05 | 13.84, 09/04/11
Caldwell     Granite Falls    26.25 | 17.07 | +0.62 | 26.44, 03/23/17
Catawba      Oxford Resrch St 40.81 | 38.62 | +0.39 | 42.09, 01/14/13
Gaston       Pasour Mtn       42.14 | 34.17 | -0.13 | 44.66, 01/31/13
McDowell     Pleasant Gardens 31.49 | 29.29 | +1.04 | 31.89, 11/29/10
Union (NC)   Mineral Springs  37.24 | 38.27 | -0.41 | 42.70, 01/10/13
York         York Co Airport  25.01 | 24.01 | -0.13 | 29.69, 12/13/12

                                      CHANGE***       RECORD
                              DEPTH*  SINCE   %ile    LOWEST and
                              03/30   02/05#   ****   LEVEL  DATE
COUNTY       LOCATION          (ft)    (ft)  (03/30)  (ft)


Chester      Leeds Road       85.97 | +0.53 | >90th | 94.52, 01/12/14
Davie        Mocksville       18.13 | +0.49 | 10-25 | 23.15, 08/30/02
Haywood      near Cruso        6.70 | +0.10 |  <1st |  6.96, 09/12/02
Iredell      Langtree         27.16 | +3.55 |  <1st | 32.90, 06/21/16
Oconee       Oconee Statn Rd  30.34 | +0.05 | 10-25 | 32.08, 12/31/08
Rowan        Barber            7.63 | +0.18 | 10-25 | 11.15, 09/14/02
Spartanburg  Croft State Park 45.47 | +0.42 | 25-50 | 51.69, 03/17/13
Transylvania Blantyre         35.18 | +0.36 | 10-25 | 42.19, 12/12/08
Transylvania Pisgah Forest    16.47 | +0.20 |  <1st | 17.86, 08/25/08
White        Unicoi State Pk   5.09 | -0.09 | <10th |  5.91, 07/28/16

DEFINITIONS:

* DEPTH   = Note that groundwater is measured as depth below the
            surface, unlike streamflow and reservoir data which is
            the reverse or height above the surface.  Therefore, the
            higher the depth value, the less the groundwater supply
            because the groundwater level is further from the
            surface.

**MEDIAN  = Current depth values that are larger than the monthly
            median can be loosely correlated to drier-than-normal
            conditions while current depth values that are smaller
            than the monthly median can be loosely correlated to
            wetter-than-normal conditions.

***CHANGE = A POSITIVE CHANGE means the groundwater depth has
            increased or is further from the surface.  Therefore,
            a NEGATIVE CHANGE means the groundwater depth has
            decreased or is closer to the surface.  In periods of
            drought, negative changes are ideal.  However, positive
            changes are NORMAL during the late summer and early fall,
            as rainfall is typically isolated to scattered and less
            significant, causing losses to surface and subsurface
            water sources due to increased evapotranspiration,
            evaporation, and increased consumption, while negative
            changes are NORMAL during the late fall and winter, as
            widespread significant precipitation recharges surface
            and subsurface water sources and environmental demands
            are lower.

            Note, however, that for many groundwater sites, the
            depth of the wells are very deep and there is a lag
            between significant rainfall and deep infiltration
            into subsurface water supplies. If the rainfall is not
            significant or occurring over a sustained period of time,
            the water may never reach the groundwater wells.
            Additionally, if the rainfall is significant but
            occurring quickly and only once during a period of
            several weeks, a shallower groundwater well may spike and
            then return to near pre-rainfall levels.

****PERCENTILE = The percentile (%ile) values can be interpreted as
                 follows:

Less than 10th percentile    - Well-Below Normal
10th-25th percentile         - Below Normal
25th-50th percentile         - Slightly Below Normal/Near Normal
50th-75th percentile         - Slightly Above Normal/Near Normal
75th-90th percentile         - Above Normal
Greater than 90th percentile - Well-Above Normal

The percentile values are computed monthly. Therefore, percentiles
referenced in the chart above are for the month of February.
Groundwater well statistics change throughout the water year such
that the median monthly depth typically reaches a minimum in autumn
and a peak in late spring.  This can result in a dramatic change
in the percentile of an observed depth from one month to the next,
even if the observed depth does not change significantly.

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----------------
..STREAMFLOW*...
----------------

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------- 28-DAY AVERAGE USGS STREAMFLOW PERCENTILES BY REGION --------
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                  % OF    %ILE   CLASSIFICATION
REGION          NORMAL
               (03/29)  (03/29)  (03/29)

NC Piedmont     16- 55 |  1-23 | Well-Below Normal
NC Foothills    22- 41 |  1-12 | Well-Below Normal
NC Nrn Mnts     37- 42 |     3 | Well-Below Normal
NC Cntl Mnts    27- 64 |  1-21 | Well-Below Normal
NC Srn Mnts     30- 53 |  1- 6 | Near-Record Lows

SC Mnts/        27- 73 |  1-25 | Below Normal
   Foothills
SC Piedmont     13- 55 |  1-12 | Well-Below Normal

GA NE Mnts/     23- 38 |  1-14 | Well-Below Normal
   Foothills
GA Piedmont     10- 49 |  1-33 | Well-Below Normal

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----- 28-DAY AVERAGE USGS STREAMFLOW PERCENTILES BY RIVER SYSTEM ----
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                        % OF    %ILE   CLASSIFICATION
RIVER BASIN           NORMAL
                     (03/29)  (03/29)  (03/29)

Broad (GA)            10- 49 |  1-33 | Well-Below Normal
Broad (NC/SC)/Pacolet 25- 54 |  1-25 | Below Normal
Catawba (Upper)       25- 47 |  1- 5 | Near-Record Lows
Catawba (Lower)       13- 55 |  1-23 | Blw Nrml (Uppr)/Nr Nrml (Lwr)
Enoree/Tyger          28- 73 |  2-28 | Well-Below Normal
French Broad          29- 42 |  1- 6 | Near-Record Lows
Nantahala/Tuckasegee/ 35- 60 |  1- 9 | Well-Below Normal
Little Tennessee

Pigeon                27- 56 |  1- 8 | Well-Below Normal
Rocky (NC)            29- 58 |  2-40 | Below Normal
Reedy/Saluda          25- 44 |  1-12 | Well-Below Normal
Tallulah/Chattooga    30- 38 |  1-14 | Well-Below Normal
Toxaway/Keowee/       15- 56 |  1-25 | Well-Below Normal
Savannah

Yadkin                32- 36 |  1- 3 | Near-Record Lows

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DEFINITIONS...

*RESERVOIR = Please note that streamflows along regulated rivers
 INFLUENCE   (i.e., rivers with reservoirs) may be influenced
             positively and/or negatively by the control of releases
             from those reservoirs.

---------------
..RESERVOIRS...
---------------

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----------------- POOL ELEVATIONS and DROUGHT STAGES ----------------
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                           AVG*     AVG  TARGET   03/30   03/30 03/30
                          ELEV     ELEV    ELEV   ELEV-     MIN   DGT
RESERVOIR       NWS ID   03/30    02/06   03/30  TARGET    ELEV* STGE
                          (ft)     (ft)    (ft)    (ft)    (ft)

BROAD SYSTEM

Summit          (None)   98.2  |  97.3  |  97.5 | +0.70 |  85.0 | NA
Gaston Shoals   (BLAS1)  99.35 |  98.95 |    NA |    NA |  99.0 | NA
Ninety-Nine Isl (NNIS1)  99.52 |  99.00 |    NA |    NA |  99.0 | NA

CATAWBA SYSTEM (As of 3/1, Total Reservoir Storage 113% of Target)

James           (BRWN7)  96.52 |  95.88 |  95.9 | +0.62 |  90.0 | 1
Rhodhiss        (RHON7)  97.63 |  97.04 |  97.0 | +0.63 |  93.0 | 1
Hickory         (OXFN7)  97.32 |  97.40 |  97.0 | +0.32 |  94.0 | 1
Lookout Shoals  (LKSN7)  97.25 |  96.33 |  97.0 | +0.25 |  93.0 | 1
Norman          (CWAN7)  96.15 |  96.07 |  96.6 | -0.45 |  91.6 | 1
Mountain Island (MOUN7)  97.20 |  97.46 |  96.0 | +1.20 |  94.3 | 1
Wylie           (FOMS1)  97.90 |  98.32 |  97.0 | +0.90 |  93.0 | 1
Fishing Creek   (FCDS1)  98.56 |  97.70 |  98.0 | +0.56 |  95.0 | 1
Great Falls     (GTFS1)  97.50 |  97.85 |  97.5 | +0.00 |  94.0 | 1
Cedar Creek     (CDCS1)  97.50 |  97.90 |  97.5 | +0.00 |  95.0 | 1

NANTAHALA/LITTLE TENNESSEE/TUCKASEGEE SYSTEM

Tanasee Creek (EFKN7)    95.00 |  86.82 |  87.9 | +7.10 |  85.8 | ND
Bear Creek**  (BCDN7)    75.00 |  94.40 |  94.9 |-19.90 |  91.9 | ND
Cedar Cliff   (ICCN7)    97.45 |  98.38 |  98.0 | -0.55 |  96.0 | 0
Glenville     (THPN7)    94.07 |  91.49 |  92.9 | +1.17 |  89.8 | ND
Wolf Creek    (WCDN7)    94.84 |  86.50 |  87.9 | +6.94 |  85.8 | ND
Nantahala     (NANN7)    94.99 |  85.36 |  92.8 | +2.19 |  84.7 | ND
Queens Creek  (QCDN7)    89.92 |  89.50 |  88.7 | +1.22 |  85.8 | ND
Fontana       (FONN7)  1666.73 |1653.40 |1666.0 | +0.73 |1663.0 | NA

SAVANNAH SYSTEM (As of 3/1, Total Reservoir Storage 61% of Target)

Jocassee      (JCSS1)    87.98 |  89.33 |    NA |    NA |  77.0 | 2
Keowee        (KEOS1)    95.65 |  97.36 |    NA |    NA |  94.6 | 2
Hartwell      (HRTG1)   650.02 | 650.09 |659.89 | -9.87 | 625.0 | 2
Russell       (RBDS1)   473.25 | 474.70 |475.0  | -1.75 | 470.0 | 2

PROJECTIONS...

LAKE HARTWELL...     assuming net inflows increase to 55% of normal
                     then hold steady over the next 10 weeks, the
                     pool elevation is projected to increase
                     slightly through April but make little progress
                     towards reducing the target deficit.

FONTANA LAKE...      is doing quite well at this time as the pool
                     elevaton is rising at a rate equal to the rise
                     in target pool which is allowing recharge to
                     occur on schedule.

**BEAR CREEK LAKE... Duke Energy is performing maintenance on the
                     dam.  Work is expected to be completed by April
                     10, 2017 at which point the reservoir will be
                     refilled.  The upstream Wolf Creek and Tanasee
                     Creek lakes are being kept well above their
                     target pools in order to provide the volume
                     necessary to refill Bear Creek once repairs are
                     completed.

DEFINITIONS...

*AVG ELEV   = Reporting the daily average elevation factors in the
              fluctuations in pool elevation due to scheduled
              discharges and/or power generation.

MINIMUM     = The minimal elevation is the lowest elevation that the
ELEVATION     pool can be while meeting local community and river
              system needs.  Drought release reduction plans may
              begin above the minimal elevation. For Lake Hartwell
              and Richard B. Russell Lake, the minimal elevation
              marks the bottom of conservation storage or the top of
              the inactive pool.  Drought release reduction plans
              begin at or above the minimal elevation, at 656.0 feet
              at Lake Hartwell and at 470.0 feet for Richard B.
              Russell Lake.

NA          = Not Available (Typically because one does not exist)
ND          = No Drought

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..DROUGHT OUTLOOK...
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------------------------- DROUGHT FORECAST --------------------------
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Region         Current Drought          30-Day Drought Forecast
               (as of March 30)        (conditions on April 30)

NC Piedmont  | D0-D2 (Moderate)       | Likely 1 Cat Improvement
NC Foothills | D1-D2 (Severe)         | Likely 1 Cat Improvement
NC Nrn Mnts  | D0-D1 (Moderate)       | Likely 1 Cat Improvement
NC Cntl Mnts | D1    (Moderate)       | Likely 1 Cat Improvement
NC Srn Mnts  | D1-D2 (Severe)         | Likely 1 Cat Improvement

SC Mnts/     | D2-D3 (Severe)         | Possible 2 Cat Improvement
   Foothills
SC Piedmont  | D1-D2 (Severe)         | Likely 1 Cat Improvement

GA NE Mnts/  | D3    (Extreme)        | Likely 1 Cat Improvement
   Foothills
GA Piedmont  | D2    (Severe)         | Likely 1 Cat Improvement

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NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
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------------------------ PRODUCT SCHEDULE* --------------------------
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PRODUCT                                    | NUMBER  | ISSUED BY**

Primary Drought Information Statement      | #2017P2 | May 05
Intermediate Drought Information Statement | #2017I2 | Jun 09
Primary Drought Information Statement      | #2017P3 | Jul 21

DEFINITIONS:
Intermediate = Update to Synopsis, tabular data, and Outlook only
Primary      = Complete Update to all sections
*Schedule    = The Drought Information Statement is only issued
               when D2 or greater drought conditions exist in the
               NWS Greenville-Spartanburg service area (see County-
               to-Region Legend below for serviced counties).
               Scheduled statements will be cancelled if D2 or worse
               conditions are removed from the service area.
**Issued By  = Other activities or responsibilities may delay the
               issuance of the Drought Information Statement. If
               receiving the statement by the above date is critical
               to your needs, please contact the author listed below.

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==================
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
==================

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a multi-agency effort involving
the following organizations:

- National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC)
- U.S. National Weather Service (NWS)
- U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
- U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
- State departments of agriculture
- State forest services
- State and regional climatologists
- Private Reservoir Operators

County-specific drought categories are derived from the NDMC`s
USDM.

Agricultural information is derived from the USDA...the Climate
Prediction Center (CPC)...the North Carolina Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services...and the National Integrated
Drought Information System.

Fire Danger classifications are courtesy of the USFS...the Georgia
Forestry Commission...and the North Carolina Forest Service.

The precipitation analysis is derived from quality-controlled
gridded precipitation estimates produced at the Lower Mississippi
River Forecast Center and the Southeast River Forecast Center.

The precipitation and temperature outlook is derived from guidance
produced at the CPC.

Groundwater levels and records are courtesy of the USGS.

Reservoir information is courtesy of Duke Energy, Georgia Power,
and the USACE.

Additional impact information is gathered from various media
reports as available.

============
RESOURCES...
============

NDMC`s USDM...
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

USDM Classification Definitions...
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/AboutUs/ClassificationScheme.aspx

North Carolina Drought Mitigation Advisory Council...
http://www.ncwater.org/drought/

South Carolina Drought Response Committee...
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/Drought/drought_current_info.php

River Conditions and Forecasts via the NWS...
http://www.weather.gov/ahps/

Streamflow Conditions via the USGS...
http://water.usgs.gov/waterwatch

Mid-Term and Long-Term Precipitation and Temperature Outlooks
via the CPC...
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

==========================
COUNTY TO REGION LEGEND...
==========================

------------
..GEORGIA...
------------

COUNTY         REGION

Elbert         GA Piedmont
Franklin       GA Piedmont
Habersham      GA NE Mountains/Foothills
Hart           GA Piedmont
Rabun          GA NE Mountains/Foothills
Stephens       GA NE Mountains/Foothills

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..NORTH CAROLINA...
-------------------

COUNTY         REGION (SUBREGION)

Alexander      NC Foothills (Northern)
Avery          NC Northern Mountains
Buncombe       NC Central Mountains
Burke          NC Foothills (Northern)
Cabarrus       NC Piedmont (Southern)
Caldwell       NC Foothills (Northern)
Catawba        NC Foothills (Northern)
Cleveland      NC Piedmont (Southern)
Davie          NC Piedmont (Northwest)
Gaston         NC Piedmont (Southern)
Graham         NC Central Mountains
Haywood        NC Central Mountains
Henderson      NC Southern Mountains
Iredell        NC Piedmont (Northwest)
Jackson North  NC Central Mountains
Jackson South  NC Southern Mountains
Lincoln        NC Piedmont (Southern)
Macon          NC Southern Mountains
Madison        NC Central Mountains
McDowell       NC Foothills (Northern)
Mecklenburg    NC Piedmont (Southern)
Mitchell       NC Northern Mountains
Polk           NC Foothills (Southern)
Rowan          NC Piedmont (Northwest)
Rutherford     NC Foothills (Southern)
Swain          NC Central Mountains
Transylvania   NC Southern Mountains
Union          NC Piedmont (Southern)
Yancey         NC Northern Mountains

-------------------
..SOUTH CAROLINA...
-------------------

COUNTY         REGION (SUBREGION)

Abbeville      SC Piedmont (Lower)
Anderson       SC Piedmont (Northern)
Cherokee       SC Piedmont (Northern)
Chester        SC Piedmont (Eastern)
Greenville     SC Mountains/Foothills
Greenwood      SC Piedmont (Lower)
Laurens        SC Piedmont (Lower)
Oconee         SC Mountains/Foothills
Pickens        SC Mountains/Foothills
Spartanburg    SC Mountains/Foothills
Union          SC Piedmont (Eastern)
York           SC Piedmont (Eastern)

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QUESTIONS or COMMENTS...
========================

This product has undergone several revisions and enhancements
during the last drought period.  Additional enhancements
are planned for future drought statements. Your feedback and
recommendations are encouraged in order to ensure this product
meets user needs.  Please direct feedback...recommendations...
questions...and comments to:

National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office - Greenville-Spartanburg
1549 GSP Drive
Greer SC 29651
Phone 864-848-9970
joshua.palmer@noaa.gov

$$

JMP


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