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Severe drought conditions impact central NC

Posted February 3, 2011

— Nearly half of North Carolina is under a drought, and more than a quarter is under severe drought.

An assessment of drought conditions released Thursday by the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council estimates that 45 percent of the state is experiencing some sort of drought.

Of those, 27 counties in the central part of the state are in severe drought, the second worst level in the four-category system used to measure the drought.

Thirty-eight mountain and eastern counties are abnormally dry, which isn’t a drought category but means drought could emerge without adequate rainfall.

The state has grown increasingly parched over the last month due to a lack of significant rainfall. Despite snow over the past few months, the Triangle, for example, is 2.86 inches below rainfall for the year.

The Drought Council recommends that people who live in areas of severe drought eliminate nonessential uses of water.

“At this point, public water supplies are fine in North Carolina,” Council chairman Woody Yonts said. “But if dry conditions continue to occur, widespread impacts could quickly surface in the next few months as the temperatures begin to gradually increase and the growing season begins.”


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  • Arapaloosa Feb 9, 2011

    Maybe it's my imagination, but it seems like they cry drought almost every year... I've lived in NC since the late 70's, and I remember hearing about it back then!

  • tobywilliamson58 Feb 4, 2011

    If we are in a drought in central in nc, why is my yard staying wet since Oct? And no, I don't have a water leak.

  • Iworkforaliving Feb 4, 2011

    falls lake is too shallow. average depth is around 20ft.

  • themp Feb 4, 2011

    The problem is that for Falls Lake they have not managed the lake level in my opinion correctly. The lake is around 2+ feet below full pool while other lakes in the area are at full pool or higher. For some reason any surplus in the Falls Lake level after the hurricane season, they still bring the lake back down to full pool. But this causes problems during the winter when we do not get enough rain to keep the lake at full pool when Raleigh and surrounding areas are using the lake for drinking water. The lake is stressed for water useage and any lack of rain causes problems.

    I can see they have to be careful during the hurricane season, but come November 1 they should be able to try and keep the lake at a higher level. Just like the link that was posted earlier the government is showing an increase of drought in the Falls Lake water shed, so lets during the non-hurricane season use that information to increase the lake level to higher than full pool getting ready for spring and s

  • Shamrock Feb 4, 2011

    While the numbers may indicate a drouhgt, my yard has not dried out since the Dec. snow. It is just mush.

  • bluemax4195 Feb 4, 2011

    Exactly "HOW" is this possible after 3 snow falls (one that was every bit of a foot) and all the rain we've had - like today for instance?! It certainly doesn't seem to make much sense.

  • 6079 SMITH W Feb 3, 2011

    Hey! I got an idea! Why not have everybody plant that purty green grass that needs so much waterin'? Far better to keep the homeowners yard gestapo satisfied, even if there ain't no water left to drink this summer. ;)

  • saturn5 Feb 3, 2011

    Time to cut back on water consumption again so Meeker can raise water rates.

  • Dark of the Moon Feb 3, 2011

    It's gonna be a rough year. I'm glad I changed over to bermuda grass. Fescue won't stand a chance.

  • DontAnnoyMe Feb 3, 2011

    Stop the bashing and educate yourselves for a change.