Drought Becoming Problem Across The State

Low water levels at area lakes

The U.S. Drought Monitor issued its weekly-updated map of drought conditions, and things are looking decidedly worse across the state of Tennessee.
Last week’s map showed 26% of the state in the “severe drought” category that included Coffee and several surrounding counties. After a week that brought a new all-time record high temperature, and no organized rain, it’s safe to say that conditions were expected to get worse.
And that’s the case: nearly 65% of Tennessee, including all of Middle Tennessee, is now in the “severe drought” category. The map even paints “extreme drought” across the northwest corner of Middle Tennessee into northern parts of West Tennessee.
The drought’s impacts are currently classified as “short-term,” meaning the lack of rainfall has caused vegetation to dry out and primarily impacted farmers thus far. If the lack of rainfall continues through the summer, the impacts may become more “long-term.” That’s when the water tables are impacted and the dry conditions have a wider impact on all walks of wildlife, not just agriculture.