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N.C. is drought-free

Posted June 7, 2012
Updated June 8, 2012

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— For the first time in almost two years, no North Carolina county is experiencing drought conditions, officials said Thursday. There are still 36 counties considered "abnormally dry," according to the National Drought Mitigation Center, which updates conditions weekly in a color-coded map.

The last time North Carolina was completely drought-free was June 29, 2010.

Tropical Storm Beryl effectively snuffed out the last of the drought conditions in the Tar Heel State, WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.

"While Beryl brought some rain to the Triangle, areas to our south and east, where the drought conditions were more serious, saw more copious amounts of rain from that storm," Johnson said. Timelapse: Drought in N.C.

In evaluating drought conditions, experts consider more than just rainfall. The variables include crop moisture, stream flow data, river and lake levels and other factors.

“Major reservoirs, including those in the Triangle and Catawba River basin, are full and there is a sufficient water supply available at this time,” said Donna Jackson, chairwoman of the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council.

Most of the state is at or near normal rainfall amounts for the year. Raleigh has seen 17.77 inches of rain, about 0.68 inch less than normal. 

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  • Geez Louise Jun 8, 2012

    "has the part about us getting to chat about what WE want to totally gone from this site now? so much for freedom of speech and association" -- bluecharger has gone Rogue

    --Have you ever thought about actually reading the US Constitution and what it says about freedom of speech?

  • Danny22 Jun 7, 2012

    We are blessed.

  • Hammerhead Jun 7, 2012

    "Good news but conservation should always be utilized."

    Word. I use my own well water, but still have several rain barrels.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Jun 7, 2012

    My creek used to be around chest high. But for about 4 yrs, it has been below the knees. I'd sure like for the water to come back. Nothing like taking a stroll into the shady woods on a hot summer day and taking an ice cold refreshing dip.

  • bluecharger Jun 7, 2012

    has the part about us getting to chat about what WE want to totally gone from this site now? so much for freedom of speech and association

  • burnstock99 Jun 7, 2012

    Good news but conservation should always be utilized.

  • burnstock99 Jun 7, 2012

    There has been reduced streamflow over the years due to many factors including increased consumption and erosion.

  • jmf1073 3.0 Jun 7, 2012

    Yeah right.....

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Jun 7, 2012

    But the creeks are still much lower than they used to be... Will they ever rise back up to the top or do we have to have lots of flooding for that to happen?

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Jun 7, 2012

    I'm now going to water my driveway just because I can…

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