More of N.C. out of drought

Posted May 15, 2008

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— A growing number of eastern North Carolina counties are no longer experiencing any form of drought conditions, according to a state report released Thursday.

Sixteen of the state's 100 counties are considered completely out of the drought, according to the weekly report issued by the state Drought Management Advisory Council. Another 26 counties, including the eastern part of the Triangle, are experiencing abnormally dry conditions, the mildest of five drought categories monitored by the state.

A week ago, only six counties in northeast North Carolina were considered drought-free.

The drought is getting worse in western North Carolina, where 17 counties around Charlotte are experiencing extreme drought conditions. Another 21 counties stretching from the western tip to the Triad were experiencing severe drought conditions.

Last week, 13 counties were in extreme drought, and 25 were in severe drought.

Most of the Triangle remains in the moderate drought category, although Wake, Durham and Harnett counties are on the line separating areas under moderate drought and those experiencing abnormally dry conditions.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said the region has a chance to see about a quarter-inch of rain this weekend to help ease drought conditions even more.


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  • Mobile Geek May 16, 2008

    There is a creek near my house off of Old Stage Rd. which has more water in it than I have seen in the 5 years I have lived out there. It has over flowed and flooded wooded areas around it. Now we will probably have a big mosquito problem. I guess West Nile will be back in the news.
    On another note

    Mother Earth doesn't need humanity to take care of her. She can do it on her own, even if it means getting rid of humanity.

    I still do not believe any warming we are experiencing has been driven by humanity. There are plenty of researchers who can provide just as much evidence to the contrary. And, suddenly, the global warming scientist are saying that warming has suspended and may be that way for the next decade. Gee, what a coincidence that the Sun is nearing its 10-12 year cycle change too. And what a coincidence that the planet has experienced more cosmic rays and cloud cover than in recent years, due to the sun's magnetic shift. Let's not forget Mars has experienced global warming.

  • lescar19 May 15, 2008

    You can wash your car at places that recycle water. You do have to pay but it's much better than having the runoff from doing it at your house.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx May 15, 2008

    I'm wondering when we'll be able to wash our cars. What are they waiting for, a flood?

  • cherokee43v6 May 15, 2008

    Nope, but the begonias should be approved soon :D

  • Southern Fried Yankee May 15, 2008

    can I water my petunias now?