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Andrea ends dry conditions across NC

Posted June 13, 2013

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— For the first time in three years, North Carolina isn't experiencing any drought or abnormally dry conditions, state officials said Thursday.

The rainfall from Tropical Storm Andrea helped eliminate lingering abnormally dry conditions in eastern North Carolina, officials said, cautioning that such conditions could return over the summer. tree Rain, high water from Andrea in NC

“Recent rains have brought relief to the lingering dry conditions,” said Bob Stea, chairman of the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council. “Streams, groundwater and soil moisture levels have greatly improved and are near longer-term averages."

The last time the U.S. Drought Monitor depicted no drought or abnormally dry conditions in North Carolina was during the week of April 20, 2010.

“North Carolina’s rainfall becomes more difficult to forecast, as well as less reliable, during the summer months,” said Michael Moneypenny, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Raleigh and a member of the Drought Management Advisory Council. “Weather systems are typically weaker, and the bulk of our rainfall comes from scattered shower and thunderstorm activity that pops up during the heat of the day.”

Drought conditions will have to be monitored closely in the coming months, officials said.

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  • That Explains It Jun 14, 9:39 a.m.

    kpic24 and charlesboyer, your comments speak to the same central point.

    Drought used to have to do with how much it did, or did not rain. But that has been supplanted by a more politically useful measure, which is how much water we have.

    Thus, if rain were "normal" but the reservoirs were low, then we would be in a "drought".

    Additionally, if we weren't in a "drought" during hurricane season, any hurricane or tropical storm that passed close by would create severe flooding.

    Fortunately both play to the same hand, to wit, "Global Climate Change"

  • charlesboyer Jun 13, 3:23 p.m.

    Whether or not we're in a drought, we need to continue to build new reservoirs to accumulate water for the inevitable dry times. Anyone here five years ago can tell you how bad things can get and our population isn't going to stop growing anytime soon.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jun 13, 1:23 p.m.

    It won't take long and we'll be right back at it. Dried up.

  • kpic24 Jun 13, 1:03 p.m.

    It's been like this since 85 when I got here. If you look at WRAL's http://www.wral.com/weather/almanac/RDU Rainfall the one at the bottom was at the worst DROUGHT we have been in IT was 13 inches under normal when it started, so if you take at the average instead of -13 we are +16 over in 4 years and that is at the airport only.In 06-07 we were over by 13 inches I'm going to start a Rain Management Council. It's all in how you look at things folk's

  • carydaddy Jun 13, 12:39 p.m.

    I am not surprised. The recent rain nearly drowned all affected areas.