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Drought eases in southern, western counties

Posted August 7, 2008

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— A swath of counties across southeast North Carolina, including Cumberland County, are no longer experiencing drought conditions, according to a state report issued Thursday.

Almost a quarter of the state is now considered abnormally dry, the mildest of five drought categories monitored by the state Drought Management Advisory Council. The 23 counties include much of northeast North Carolina and a group of southeastern counties around Cumberland County – Sampson, Robeson, Hoke, Scotland, Duplin and Pender.

Last week, only six counties statewide were considered abnormally dry.

Much of central North Carolina, including the Triangle continues to experience moderate drought conditions.

Meanwhile, the number of western counties in exceptional or extreme drought, the two worst drought categories, dropped from 48 to 33 in the past week. Still, some U.S. Geological Survey stream gauges in western North Carolina are approaching or are at their lowest levels ever, officials said.

A cold front passing through the state Thursday brought some rain to the southeastern part of the state before ushering in milder weather for the weekend.

The Drought Management Advisory Council plans to meet at the State Fairgrounds next Thursday to discuss the state's drought situation, including reviewing climate outlook models.

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  • iron fist Aug 7, 2008

    My yard looks almost as bad this week as it did last summer, been green until this week, dried out quick. I too am looking forward to the cooler weather.

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 7, 2008

    Really a shame this system can't bring a nice chance of showers/t-storms to other areas of the state as well.

    Looking forward though to no 90s for a while! :)