Now at least some counties in all three of our coverage have been upgraded from Severe to Extreme Drought. The drought monitor takes into account river levels, rainfall, soil moisture, snow melt and other variables.
Drought is not a universal scale. Based on Climatology, what may be considered a drought for one area could be considered a wet season for another part of the world!
To be in Extreme drought indicates high severity, and likely damage to crops and life (vegitation, animals and crops), but it is a cyclical phenomenon and while can take a long time to fix, does tend to do so. Lake Lanier’s water levels in 2009/2010 Georgia is a perfect example.