Drought Spreads to All 100 N.C. Counties

Posted June 29, 2007

— For the first time this year, all 100 counties in North Carolina are experiencing either abnormally dry conditions, moderate, severe or extreme drought.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map, which was released Thursday, shows the moderate drought has expanded eastward into counties in the Triad, Triangle and the southern coastal plain. Also, seven counties in northeastern North Carolina that weren't previously listed in any drought category were added to the list of counties that are abnormally dry.

“Despite recent scattered thunderstorms, the drought is expanding into the southern coastal plains, the Triad and the Triangle,” Gov. Mike Easley said in a statement. “The northeastern parts of the state are also now abnormally dry, and until we receive enough rainfall to replenish the groundwater supplies, all North Carolinians need to do everything they can to conserve water.”

Rainfall measurements taken during the last two months show that North Carolina communities have received about 50 percent of their normal precipitation for this time of year.

Twenty-three systems have enacted voluntary water use restrictions, and nine have put mandatory water restrictions in place to deal with strained water supplies. Raleigh and nearby towns that purchase water from the city will begin mandatory consumption limits next week.

State agencies in 21 western North Carolina counties where the drought is the most severe have been ordered to stop all non-essential water use, such as washing vehicles, using water for ornamental purposes, watering grass and washing down sidewalks.

Easley urged residents and local government agencies in other counties statewide to observe water conservation directives in their communities and to voluntarily conserve water as much as possible. Conservation tips include the following:

Take shorter showers.

  • Add compost and other organic material to your soil to improve its water-holding capacity.
  • Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge, instead of running tap water until it is cool.
  • Use a bucket to water your plants, not a hose.
  • Water lawns and gardens early in the morning or late in the evening, not in the heat of midday to prevent evaporation.

A cold front moving in from the north is expected to bring rain and thunderstorms to central North Carolina late Friday and Saturday, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. But the rain likely won't be enough to put a dent in the drought.


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  • der_Marv_meister Jun 30, 2007

    strolling bones
    Come on now, do the research. There are many many sites on the web that will show you the recovery efforts and progress made since the big spill. Life is returning to normal thank you very much.
    Nice try, I'll give you a "C+" for effort.

  • TPanther775 Jun 30, 2007

    Im so sick of hearing about drought. Ask me how you can have over 8 inches above normal last year and be 3 behind this year. And its still a drought. At my home I have calculated for the year in Orange Co. and we are actually about 2 tenths above for the year. Yeah we sure are in a drought

  • strolling bones Jun 30, 2007

    Wildlife thrives....three words...prince william bay

    no thriving there

  • wcnc Jun 30, 2007

    atozca-- I like what you have to say!! It's amazing that the Global Warming people bring a lot of "facts" in to support their claim. But when any other person brings in "facts" to say there is NO global warming, the GW people don't want to hear it- they only want to hear their own "facts" and most of those aren't even true!!

  • der_Marv_meister Jun 30, 2007

    I am not sure how/when this discussion turned to global warming, but heck, I'll throw in my two cents.
    I find it amazingly arrogant with the global warmist crowd to think that we, in a mere 100+ years, have caused more pollution and climate change than Mother Nature herself through all the volcanic activity in the Earths history alone.

    In addition, to think the Earth cannot adjust to Mans tiny influence on Earth is nutso too. The Alaskan Pipeline is a perfect example of that. Mans influence on nature, many swore that the route the pipeline would take would kill off or scare away all the animals and make the place barren. Instead, over the decades since it's been built, wildlife thrives there unlike any other time.

  • atozca Jun 30, 2007

    Global warming is an "alarmist" term and is not really an issue. Most scientist (67% in a 93 poll) agree that it is not an issue. Only 3% of the gas in the air is carbon dioxide. Always has been. Even though the carbon dioxide produced by man has risen over the last 70 years, temperatures have not steadily increased but have a normal pattern of fluctuation. Furthermore, because of reaction with other gases in the atmosphere, too much carbon dioxide can actually cool down the atmosphere... not increase temperature. Global warming is not happening!

    Isn't it obvious why Al Gore refuses to debate anyone on this issue.... lol!

  • strolling bones Jun 30, 2007

    I got a bog in my yard. I have to keep the grass mowed short to dry it out. It poured rain last night. I hope we do not get too dry but I would like to see the yard dry out a bit. Last year was extremely rainy to be comparing too.

  • Jun 29, 2007

    There's one place where this giant glacier / side of a mountain IS going to fall into the ocean when it heats up enough and when it does, the waves are going to wash away ALL the coastal cities in the US Atlantic coast. I believe there are a few places like that. The waves will be like hundreds of feet high and will go inland maybe 20 to 30 miles. That's not an "if"'s a "when" it happens situation. I would not advise living near the coast in the future. The slow rising of sea level IS going to take out everything on the coast anyway... only slowly.

  • Jun 29, 2007

    I think the cooling of the oceans where the ice is melting will prevent normal movement of the currents from warmer areas and cause the arctic oceans to get even colder and pretty much stay that way, BUT the gases are trapping the heat in the air and causing everything to warm up as well and everything weather-wise is going to get way out of balance. The weather patterns will become more extreme and more out of balance in every direction. Maybe some areas will have a tendency to stay cold while others get higher concentrations of heat. The storms are going get real bad!

  • Scarecrow Cow Jun 29, 2007

    We've been in a drought for years!!