Drought Eases Statewide

Posted April 10, 2008

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— A rainy week has dramatically improved drought conditions across North Carolina, according to a report issued Thursday.

The weekly report by the state Drought Management Advisory Council shows 12 counties near Charlotte and in the western tip of the state are the only areas still experiencing extreme drought conditions.

A week ago, 45 of the state's 100 counties were experiencing extreme drought conditions, including all of the Triangle. Fifty counties, including the Triangle, are now under severe drought, according to the report.

Eighteen counties, including Cumberland, are in moderate drought conditions, and 20 counties along the coastal plain are listed as being abnormally dry. A week ago, only Carteret, Dare and New Hanover counties were abnormally dry.

Several weather systems dumped an inch or more of rain across the Piedmont last week – more than 1.25 inches has been recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport since April 1 – replenishing many reservoirs and prompting officials in Raleigh and other area cities and towns to relax water restrictions.

WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said another system could bring more rain to the region on Saturday afternoon.


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  • ThePunisher Apr 10, 2008

    Plans for more water are in the works see

  • seeingthru Apr 10, 2008

    oh yeah? so we continue uncontrolled development without backup resources? no wonder my 85 yr old father calls you the news and disturber, does nothing good happen here?? if you censor this Golo I am outta here.

  • Nobody but Carolina Apr 10, 2008

    wcnc, here's what you're looking for from this site on rainfall for different periods shorter than 1-1-07 down to the last 30 day period.

  • 050462 Apr 10, 2008

    what drought?we was in a drought?have been watering my lawn,and washing my car since may.

  • bullet656 Apr 10, 2008

    Yes, media does drive information.

  • bobbyj Apr 10, 2008

    media driven no drought.

  • wolfpackfan15 Apr 10, 2008

    well, at least we can all wash our cars again. I know ours needs it. YAY, RAIN!

  • bobbyj Apr 10, 2008

    the entire thing was medis driven. need more land mass and more bosies of water for the amount of people in the triangle.

  • ThePunisher Apr 10, 2008

    I'm washing my cars and house Satuday! Whippeee! The 800 drought has come and gone.

    as far as this stuff "Sorry, 1.25 inches of rain does not eradicate the drought. It may have eased the severity in some areas but most counties are still in some degree of drought. This will take more than 1 season to recover from. NC residents would benefit from some interviews with NC state hydrologists about aquifers & the effect of all available farmland turning into suburbs "

    That can only be resolved by rainfall. No amount of water conservation will solve the type of droughts you described.

    Not flushing your toilet isn't going to make a squre foot of farmland more moist nor an aquifer fill up by the same amount of water you didn't flush.

  • wcnc Apr 10, 2008

    I wish WRAL would ALSO list the rainfall totals for the year, instead of just the rainfall totals starting at Jan 1, 2007.....

    We've gotten a LOT of rain this year- right at normal.....but come summer, who knows how much rain we'll get.

    But I do wonder how much rain it will take for them to STOP talking about the DROUGHT!!!