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

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Morristown TN
430 PM EDT Fri Mar 24 2017

...Extreme Drought /D3/ Conditions Continue...
...Severe Drought /D2/ Conditions Retreat...

Synopsis...The latest U.S. Drought Monitor valid March 21st shows
the Extreme Drought /D3/ impacted areas remain unchanged. Areas
included are southern portions of Bradley and Polk counties in east
Tennessee, and all of Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina.

The Severe Drought /D2/ impacted area retreated slightly, and now
include, in East Tennessee, most of McMinn and Monroe counties...
northern portions of Bradley and Polk counties...and southern
portions of Hamilton, Blount, and Sevier counties.

Soil moisture conditions reflect slight improvements over the past
three weeks.

The climate outlook calls for above normal rainfall and above
normal temperatures from now through the middle of April.

The next Drought Statement is expected next week.

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Related web sites...

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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