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Most of NC experiencing drought conditions

Posted February 2, 2012
Updated February 3, 2012

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— Could this winter's warm and dry weather signal what's ahead when it comes to rainfall for the rest of the year?

According to the latest drought map from the U.S. Drought Monitor, 74 North Carolina counties are experiencing some type of drought condition – 49 have been classified as being abnormally dry and 25 have been classified as being in a moderate drought.

State climatologist Dr. Ryan Boyles says it is still possible to get enough rain over the next few months to ease the drought conditions, but if there's no relief by late April or early May, he says, it could be time to worry. Drought Map N.C. Drought Maps Time Lapse Animation

"If our reservoirs aren't full by that target period, then we're primed for problems come summertime," Boyles said.

That's nothing new for North Carolina.

Droughts in 2003 and 2007 have trained water resource managers how to handle supplies during the winter and early spring.

"If we can do that, and we don’t have an incredibly dry summer, we generally can get through the summer without too many problems," Boyles said.

Already, water levels at Falls Lake – Raleigh's main water supply – are down 2.7 feet.

"We're taking steps to conserve the water, to the extent we can," said Tom Freeman, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the water level at Falls Lake.

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  • dumbhick Feb 6, 2012

    "There is no drought", "ALL the lakes & ponds are full", "The only drought in in political leadership", "Only farmers use water" ........ Where did these bright folks get their education? What do they do for a living? Do they actually dress themselves in the morning or it is OK to stay naked all day as long as their head is covered in sand?

  • mmtlash Feb 3, 2012

    can't we all just get along?

  • barbstillkickin Feb 3, 2012

    Come to my house and take all the water you want. My yard has not been dry for almost a year now. I probably have enough water in my yard underground to put out 10 wild fires. Help your self. PLEASE.

  • themp Feb 3, 2012

    Falls Lake is very sensitive to lack of rain and it's watershed is smaller than Lake Jordan and Kerr Lake. If you look at Jordan and Kerr right now they are at full or over full pool. I can not understand why the Corp. of Engineers at Falls Lake are not able to maintain the lake level. And large rainfall and the lake going over full pool, they immediately dump water to bring it down to full pool. But if they looked at where we were in the season, like coming on summer, you would think they would hold this release back and try to keep the Falls closer
    to full pool when drought conditions are predicted.

  • piene2 Feb 3, 2012

    "the only drought nc is experiencing is a complete lack of leadership outta raleigh from either party......................... that oughta be wrals's opening hedline at 12 noon today...
    wildpig777"

    Where do you get this stuff and what has it to do with the story?

  • piene2 Feb 3, 2012

    "whatever, who cares, if theres one thing i've learned its that droughts do not matter unless your a farmer. no matter how bad it gets the lake will not empty and mother nature will make up for it eventually.
    TheWarden"

    Yes, it's only a problem for the farmers. They just grow those crops to keep busy. Oh, wait, doesn't just about everything we eat as well as a lot of what we were come from farms? Yes, I'm sure that's how it works.

  • thought_criminal Feb 3, 2012

    This story is really all about getting people scared and ready for totalitarian control by the jack-booted environmental stalinists in the state agencies.

    Please spare me your "...b-b-but the eeevil Republicans are in control in Raleigh. They're the ones who want to control us"

    Yes they are currently in charge of the State Senate and House, but the bureaucracies are crawling with Marxist fascists stacked for decades.

    They want to control how much water you use, when you flush, when you water your yard, when you wash your car, how much electricity you use. You get the point. If it was up to them you wouldn't do any of the above.

  • DontAnnoyMe Feb 3, 2012

    Sorry to wake some of you, but there's just a teensy bit more to drought than what's going on in your yard or the lakes. Drought impacts include the effects on Agriculture, Business & Industry, Energy, Fire, Plants & Wildlife, Relief, Response & Restrictions, Society & Public Health, Tourism & Recreation, and Water Supply & Quality.

    http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.html
    http://droughtreporter.unl.edu/

  • snshine62d Feb 3, 2012

    whatever, who cares, if theres one thing i've learned its that droughts do not matter unless your a farmer. no matter how bad it gets the lake will not empty and mother nature will make up for it eventually.

    Tell that to the folks in Texas.

  • chargernut69 Feb 3, 2012

    Are you kidding me ? The reservoirs are 2-3 feet above normal ! This drought is in your head WRAL .....

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