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Hot, dry weather brings back drought conditions

Posted July 5, 2012

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— After a month of being free of drought conditions statewide, the searing heat and lack of consistent rainfall in recent weeks have put 17 North Carolina counties back into a moderate drought, officials said Thursday.

Drought conditions can be found across the Triangle and in a stretch along the South Carolina border from Charlotte to the mountains. Conditions in 35 other counties across the middle of the state and along the southeast coast are listed as abnormally dry.

“We’re seeing impacts to streamflows, inflows into reservoirs and low groundwater levels, but we are not seeing widespread impacts to public water supplies,” Donna Jackson, chairwoman of the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council, said in a statement. “At this point, we want people to be prepared to take the appropriate actions to save water should conditions worsen during the coming months.”

North Carolina had been drought-free since May 29.

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  • 426X3 Jul 5, 2012

    WOW! It takes a degree in Meterology to figure this out?

  • pirate09 Jul 5, 2012

    So what it has to rain daily for us to not be in a drought, that seems realistic!

  • kckauf Jul 5, 2012

    How about implementing water restrictions now, instead of waiting for dire conditions?

  • jmf1073 5.0 Jul 5, 2012

    And for the record, the drought never really went away like the media would have you believe. This area has been under drought conditions for 3-4 years now.

  • jmf1073 5.0 Jul 5, 2012

    Here come the water restrictions.....