Drought relief approaches from the East

Posted April 24, 2008
Updated May 1, 2008

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— The drought that has gripped the state since last spring is loosening its hold on many counties, according to the latest weekly report by Drought Management Advisory Council, released Thursday.

Although a majority of counties were still experiencing some form of drought conditions, 23 had escaped from under the drought – including six that have returned to normal.

The council reported that six coastal counties – Pamlico, Hyde, Dare, Carteret, Tyrrell and Washington – have normal conditions again.

Abnormally dry conditions persisted over much of eastern North Carolina, including Robeson, Bladen, Duplin, Lenoir and Onslow counties.

Wake, Durham and Orange counties stayed in the severe drought category, but moderate conditions were creeping closer from the east. Cumberland, Edgecombe, Franklin, Wayne and Wilson counties were all placed in the moderate category.

A total of 29 counties had moderate drought conditions, and 37 had severe drought conditions.

Extreme drought conditions continued in a pocket of 11 counties around Charlotte.

At the beginning of April, 45 counties were experiencing extreme drought conditions.


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  • SheriffTruman Apr 25, 2008

    "We started the year with a 7.5-8" deficit left over from last year, so we are still down an inch or so for this year."

    But we started 2007 with surplus rainfall from the year before, but they conveniently don't talk about that.

  • DrJ Apr 24, 2008

    ((((( So go ahead, Raleigh, lift your restrictions and go back to washing your cars, etc. In 4-5 months, they'll be back. )))))

    Tom Morrow, your story makes no sense. Sure, if you bake dirt, and try to pour a bunch of water on it, the lower depth will stay dry. But what does that have to do with the price of eggs in China? The depths of the lakes were never dry, and there's no evidence whatsoever that the areas that did dry dried to any great depth. And now the lake's been full for what, a couple of weeks? That should be more than enough time for any dried ground to be replenished.

    As for a lack of understanding, I'm wondering if you (and some others) truly understand that a lack of rain led to the drought? Area people's arms would fall off if they tried to wash their cars enough to put a dent in the water supply during normal weather conditions.

  • OhYea Apr 24, 2008

    Hey! Has anyone ever considered a Man-Made River Walk. Nah...that's just too out there!

  • mrtwinturbo Apr 24, 2008

    I think if things were so dry maybe they should have closed two lanes of every public swimming pool!!

  • Tom Morrow Apr 24, 2008

    You all have no idea how the water cycle works, do you? Sure, Falls Field has filled back up because of all the rain we've received lately. But how much of that rain has gone down into the water table? You know, the place where water is pumped for all those NOT getting it out of a lake somewhere.

    Getting a tropical storm doesn't help drought problems all that much. Dumping 11 inches of water on an area in 24-48 hours does not replenish the water table. It replenishes your lake though, so as far as you're concerned "there is no drought". Try this experiment: find a pot, fill it with dirt, put it in the oven so it gets good and dried out. Then dump a bucket of water onto it. Feel down past the first centimeter of dirt and see how moist it is. That's essentially the same thing as a tropical storm -- the water runs off but doesn't soak in.

    So go ahead, Raleigh, lift your restrictions and go back to washing your cars, etc. In 4-5 months, they'll be back.

  • colliedave Apr 24, 2008

    WRAL releases a story awhile back saying all the area lakes are full or above full yet we're 9 inches in the hole. I bet if we received 9 inches of rain tonight or one inch of rain for the next 9 days, NC farms would be negatively impacted.

    My question exactly: if we received a tropical storm that dumped
    seven inches of rain, we would have a flood but we would still be in a drought. For how long does a surplus need to exist to end drought conditions?

  • FromClayton Apr 24, 2008

    Let's build a riverwalk! That seems like a good idea right about now.

  • gopanthers Apr 24, 2008

    Lake level's are back to normal (full) level's so why worry about what the deficit was last year. We don't need it at least for now.

  • GWALLY Apr 24, 2008

    GWALLY, how about go look up what drought is, the various ways of determining it, what it involves, etc -- you criticize people's jobs and careers.

    I already did......I stand by my post.....MORE WASTED TAX DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bobbyj Apr 24, 2008

    there is no drought this is completely media driven. If the start date is Oct 1 2006 then we are 1 inch over because we had 10" above at that time, however most of that water went down stream.

    They speak of the ground water that is needed to be full however the current developement pattern does not allow for that.