Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Knoxville/Tri Cities, TN

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN
1045 AM EST FRI DEC 2 2016

...EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT /D4/ CONDITIONS CONTINUE...
...EXTREME DROUGHT /D3/ CONDITIONS CONTINUE...
...SEVERE DROUGHT /D2/ CONDITIONS CONTINUE...

SYNOPSIS... THE DROUGHT MONITOR VALID NOVEMBER 29, 2016 INDICATED
THAT EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS /D4/ HELD STEADY. IN EAST
TENNESSEE...D4 DROUGHT COVERS ALL OR MOST OF MONROE...POLK...
MCMINN...MEIGS...BRADLEY...HAMILTON...RHEA...ROANE...LOUDON...AND
BLOUNT COUNTIES...AS WELL AS THE SOUTHEAST HALF OF MARION COUNTY...
EXTREME SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF SEQUATCHIE...MORGAN...AND ANDERSON
COUNTIES...NORTHEAST BLEDSOE COUNTY...MUCH OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL
SEVIER COUNTY...AND THE SOUTHERN HALF OF KNOX COUNTY INCLUDING
KNOXVILLE. IN NORTH CAROLINA...CHEROKEE AND CLAY COUNTIES ARE
IN D4 EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT. A D4 CATEGORY DROUGHT IS THE WORST
CATEGORY OF DROUGHT AVAILABLE ON THE DROUGHT MONITOR.

EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS /D3/ HELD STEADY. IN EAST TENNESSEE...
D3 DROUGHT COVERS ALL OR MOST OF SEQUATCHIE...BLEDSOE...MORGAN...
SCOTT...CAMPBELL...ANDERSON...NORTHERN KNOX...EASTERN SEVIER...
COCKE...JEFFERSON...HAMBLEN...GRAINGER...UNION...CLAIBORNE
AND HANCOCK COUNTIES...AS WELL AS WESTERN PORTIONS OF HAWKINS AND
GREENE COUNTIES...AND NORTHWESTERN MARION COUNTY. IN SOUTHWEST
VIRGINIA...D3 DROUGHT NOW COVERS MOST OF LEE COUNTY.

SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS /D2/ HELD STEADY. IN EAST TENNESSEE...
D2 DROUGHT COVERS ALL OR MOST OF GREENE...WASHINGTON...UNICOI...
CARTER...SULLIVAN...AND HAWKINS COUNTIES...AS WELL AS SOUTHERN
PORTIONS OF JOHNSON COUNTY. IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA...WISE AND SCOTT
COUNTIES AS WELL AS FAR WESTERN RUSSELL COUNTY ARE NOW IN THE
D2 DROUGHT AREA. THIS ALSO INCLUDES THE CITY OF NORTON.

REMEMBER THAT THE DROUGHT MONITOR TAKES INTO CONSIDERATION WEEKLY
PRECIPITATION ENDING ON TUESDAY MORNING. RAINFALL RECEIVED ACROSS
THE AREA PRIOR TO THAT WAS ENOUGH TO STABILIZE THE DROUGHT BUT
NOT IMPROVE IT. THE HEAVY RAINFALL THAT OCCURRED LATE TUESDAY AND
THROUGH WEDNESDAY IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS WEEKS DROUGHT MONITOR
UPDATE...BUT WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT NEXT WEEK.

BURN BANS REMAIN IN PLACE THANKS TO STATES OF EMERGENCY DECLARED
BY THE GOVERNORS OF TENNESSEE AND NORTH CAROLINA.

OVER THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS...ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AGAIN
EXPECTED...ALONG WITH NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES.
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS MAY BRING RAINFALL AMOUNTS FROM JUST OVER AN
INCH IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA...TO JUST OVER TWO INCHES IN LOCATIONS
JUST NORTH OF THE GEORGIA STATE LINE. ALTHOUGH THESE NUMBERS ARE
SUBJECT TO ADJUSTMENT...THEY ARE INDICATIVE OF CHANGES IN WEATHER
PATTERNS THAT MAY RESULT IN IMPROVEMENT TO DROUGHT CATEGORIES
OVER THE COMING WEEKS.

THE NEXT DROUGHT STATEMENT IS EXPECTED LATER THIS WEEK.

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RELATED WEB SITES...
/USE LOWER CASE/

FOR MORE DROUGHT INFORMATION...VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MORRISTOWN

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT TENNESSEE DROUGHT...VISIT
WWW.TN.GOV/ENVIRONMENT/TOPIC/WR-DROUGHT-PLANNING

FOR INFORMATION FROM THE TENNESSEE DIVISION OF FORESTRY...VISIT
WWW.TN.GOV/AGRICULTURE/TOPIC/AG-EAC-FORESTRY

RADAR ESTIMATED PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM...
HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/PRECIP

STREAMFLOWS ARE OBTAINED FROM THE USGS AT...
HTTP://WATERWATCH.USGS.GOV/INDEX.PHP

LAKE LEVELS FOR THE TENNESSEE RIVER LAKES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM
HTTP://WWW.TVA.GOV/ENVIRONMENT/LAKE-LEVELS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

SOME DATA USED IN THIS STATEMENT WERE PROVIDED BY THE U.S.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE...THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY...THE
TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY...AND THE STATE OF TENNESSEE.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

FOR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THE DROUGHT...CONTACT:
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN
5974 COMMERCE BLVD
MORRISTOWN TN 37814
PHONE: 423-586-3771
SR-MRX.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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