The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council (NCDMAC, which consists of multi-agency representatives from local through federal level) has a weekly videoconference to assess drought conditions across North Carolina and provide guidance/suggestions for the U.S. Drought Monitor (http://www.drought.gov/drought) product. Many factors are considered, including agricultural reports, stream levels, and rainfall distribution/deficit, to name but a few. The National Weather Service Office in Raleigh introduced and began to present SPoRT’s 0-200cm relative soil moisture products to the council in July. Soil moisture data, especially near-real-time data, is almost always difficult to find, and the NCDMAC typically relied on a rather sparse network of monitored wells and rainfall deficits as a proxy for quantitative analysis of a quality dataset. The data has been very well received and this week played a role in the council’s decision to recommend expansion of D0 across a major portion of the NC piedmont. The sub-county resolution was especially useful in determining where to ‘draw the line’, so to speak.