The USDA has released its drought monitor this morning, and even though a good portion of the area saw rainfall this past week, many areas have moved into a Moderate Drought! Severe drought has even been posted for locations in Southern Jackson, Southern Macon, Clay, Cherokee, & even portions of Henderson Co. Below is the map that was produced by the USDA.
Limited Rainfall Expect Over Next 7 Days
Models indicate that less than an inch of rainfall will be possible over the next 7 days for the majority of WNC and that will not help the drought. I expect most of these numbers to hold for the next 7 days. Below is the most recent GFS, and you can see that some rainfall is likely next Tuesday with a frontal passage, but this will not be drought busting rainfall.
Cooler Temps On The Way
After today, two cold front are on the way! In fact, next Wednesday we could dip down in the 40’s! So basically a switch will flipped. Highs this weekend will only push into the 70’s and it will be refreshing around WNC so get out and enjoy it!