Drought Status

U.S. Drought Monitor

Current drought status for Orange County according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a joint effort of the:

  • National Climatic Data Center
  • National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (Joint Agricultural Weather Facility and National Water and Climate Center)

Be Proactive

The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council (NCDMAC) requests all water users in the counties that are indicated on the U.S. Drought Monitor Map as suffering from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to closely monitor their water supply source for diminished capacity and take precautions to prepare for impending drought conditions.


  • Review and be prepared to implement your Water Shortage Response Plans at the appropriate time.
  • Participate, as appropriate, in regional and local coordination for the management of water resources.
  • Stay informed on drought conditions and advisories through the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council website.