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Another Record Falls in Parched Region

Posted November 30, 2007

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— A sunny Friday helped the Triangle set a new record for the driest November in recent memory.

During the month, 0.48 inch of rain was reported at the National Weather Service station at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, breaking the modern record of 0.5 inch of rain in November 2001.

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said the month was the fourth-driest November of all time, noting 0.06 inch of rain was recorded in Raleigh during a couple of Novembers in the late 1800s.

The statewide drought, which also helped produce several heat-related records in August, continues to deepen with little relief in sight.

Eighty-five of North Carolina's 100 counties are experiencing exceptional or extreme drought conditions, the two worst categories monitored by the state Drought Management Advisory Council. A week ago, 78 counties were included in those two categories.

The remaining 15 counties, primarily in the eastern part of the state, are experiencing severe drought conditions, the drought council said in its weekly report, which was released Thursday.

Falls Lake, Raleigh's primary reservoir, has continued to set record low levels on a daily basis since it surpassed its 14-year-old record on Nov. 20, officials said. The lake is more than 9 feet below normal levels and has at least 106 days of water capacity remaining.

WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said a fast-moving system moving across the state late Sunday and early Monday should produce a little rain. Nonetheless, long-range forecasts continue to predict dry, warm conditions in the coming months, she said.

Fishel said more records could fall in December:

  • If Raleigh sees less than 0.75 inch of rain in the next month, it would mark the second-driest year on record. So far this year, 31.36 inches of rain has been recorded at RDU.
  • The area has seen rain on 81 days this year. The record for the fewest days of rain in a year is 92.

Meanwhile Friday, Gov. Mike Easley's office announced that a new Web site for monitoring water usage and changes in consumption is now available.

In October, Easley asked North Carolinians to try to cut their water use by as much as 50 percent. He also asked each of the state’s public water systems to increase reporting to the state by recording the amount of water used daily and entering that date on a weekly basis.

The information is entered on the state Division of Water Resources website and is now available in a searchable form at www.ncwater.org/Drought_Monitoring/reduction/weeklyreport.php.

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  • newlife805 Dec 1, 2007

    The de-salting plants are used in Aruba and they have wonderful water. I read somewhere that the drought is going to get a lot worse before and if it gets better. I now live in the north (Jersey) and we have been told that we are going to have a very mild winter again this year. Last year, my husband was in the hospital in December and January and most of the time I didn't have to wear a coat to go visit him. We, too, have not gotten as much rain/snow as we usually get every year. My heart goes out to you folks in the south. I sure hope they can figure this one out before the water is actually gone.

  • ANYWHO Nov 30, 2007

    DRUNK ILLEGALS CRASHING INTO VEHICLES ON I-40 KILLING PEOPLE, ILLEGAL GANGS, 5 MURDERS IN RALEIGH, MURDERS EVERYDAY IN DURHAM,GAYS AND LESBIANS WANTING TO GET MARRIED TO EACH OTHER, DEMS. WANT HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT, MUSLIMS TRYING TO TAKE OVER THE WEST, IRAN WANTS ISRAEL EXTERMINATED,NO WATER IN TWO THIRDS OF THE USA,""ITS THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT""..

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 30, 2007

    A couple of years ago when Katrina hit Al "I invented the Internet" Gore said that Global Warming caused the number and magnitude of Hurricanes that hit. Al "I didn't know Bill liked Monica" Gore said that Global Warming would make every subsequent year have more and stronger hurricanes. Since Al "I couldn't win my home state" gore said that Global Warming is getting worst, doesn't that mean we should have had several rain making hurricanes this year instead of the drought that we are in.

    Weather is cyclical and extremists like Al "I'm an Extremist" Gore are trying to profit from the Global Warming scam.

    Global Warming is the biggest fraud played on humanity during the history of the Earth.

  • jackadoo Nov 30, 2007

    veyor...I agree. Has there ever been a commuter rail system that was not way over budget, and had to be subsidized by the taxpayers because not enuf people used it? What a joke.
    The naysayers fought Jordan Lake for 20 years because of "water quality" concerns. I know, I was there. Now water systems are fighting over who gets the most water from it. We need permanent
    water conservation practices that do not vary depending on the number of tropical storms we have in a particular year. Jordan's mean level is 216 ft (above sea level). It is down about 6 ft at 210 ft. I recall about 10-15 years ago it went to 232 ft (!!!) in the spring. The lake was closed and all the campgrounds were destroyed. The media photos you see of Falls and Jordan are always in the most shallow areas, where the rivers feed the lake and the silt development is the greatest. Yes, 5-6 ft down will expose hundreds of acres in those areas, but the situation is exaggerated.

  • PeaceOut2017 Nov 30, 2007

    Hasn't been any 500,000 water main nor 500,000 Tryon road and Kildaire Road gas line fires lately, we might just get through this!

    If not, Cary has a couple million gallons of water in their new pools

  • veyor Nov 30, 2007

    Don't build a commuter rail - build a reservoir.

  • penny for your thoughts Nov 30, 2007

    I'm doing my best to conserve - I promise not to drink water anymore. Just beer! Cross my heart!

  • My opinion not yours Nov 30, 2007

    Close the carwashes, there some savings!

  • monkey_boy09 Nov 30, 2007

    in about 5 minutes they are going to say Evil Kinevil died.

  • TheWB Nov 30, 2007

    Our state needs to lead the way with desalinization projects and become the model for the other coastal states with water shortages. The investment will pay off in so many ways. Not just as a solution to ease our water concerns but also in the establishment of spring up research, development and implentation industries associated with large scale desalizination.

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