N.C. is drying out again

Posted June 19, 2008

— With summer a day away, drought is once again setting in across North Carolina.

All 100 counties are experiencing some level of drought conditions, according to the latest report from the state Drought Management Advisory Council. Two weeks ago, almost a quarter of the counties were out of the drought.

For the first time since early March, part of the state is under exceptional drought conditions, the worst of five categories that the council tracks. Seven counties in the southwestern part of the state are now under those conditions.

Another 33 counties are experiencing extreme drought conditions, while 16 are under severe drought, including much of the Triangle.

Forty-one eastern North Carolina counties are in a moderate drought, while three in the far northeast corner of the state are experiencing the mildest category, called abnormally dry conditions.


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  • PeaceOut2017 Jun 20, 2008

    NC just got a lot wetter where I live. Drought Version 2.0 is over!

  • housemanagercary Jun 19, 2008

    Lakes drop A LITTLE in June EVERY year- This is normal

  • srjbdl Jun 19, 2008

    dmccall - "As far as WRAL inciting panic, I'd first start by pleading that we stop the whining about gas prices. Some of us out here are make or break based on people's disposable incomes. Every time the news brings up this subject, I go further in debt."

    HEAR HEAR! As one business owner to another, I absolutely agree!

  • Funky Neighbor LEE Jun 19, 2008

    re: DRYING OUT -- Don't worry, I've got a TOBY KEITH ticket for Saturday outside at Walnut Creek. That's as good as doing a rain dance.

  • ProudConservative2 Jun 19, 2008

    Sick of this story. Summer=Hot=Dry=Drought.....guess what it eventually RAINS. Wow!!!! Nature is so neat. I'm about ready to boycott this site.

  • dcatz Jun 19, 2008

    In other news, summertime is generally the driest period of the year. Perhaps when winter comes around, we can have an article that points out that winter is cold and that it can snow.

    We live on a planet that is two-thirds water (and yes, sea water can be desalinated). There is no excuse for having water shortages year after year after year. The problem is, corrupt democratic politicians would rather spend money on typical democratic feelgood programs than things like, oh I don't know, improving the infrastructure.

    Instead of wasting money to renovate downtown areas and to attract developers, why don't we use that money to build new reservoirs instead. It's been years since any upgrades were made to the Triangle's water supply systems (aside from a few patchwork fixes designed as temporary fixes).

  • miketroll3572 Jun 19, 2008

    No such thing as global warming, you all got sucked in to Igore's dribble. I remember moving here in the early 70's and it was extreamly hot and dry then.

  • bs101fly Jun 19, 2008

    happens everytime this year oh great media.
    look out your window, it's called hot and NO RAIN!!!

  • kstor33 Jun 19, 2008

    I knew it, I knew it , I knew it! We get a couple of months of rain and almost everybody FORGETS that these droughts run in cycles...not to mention the effect global warming is having. People forgot how to save water and even got wasteful over the last couple of months. It reminded me of the movie the "10 Commandments" when Moses came down from the mountain to see all the people partying like crazy...totaling forgetting the horrible mess they had just gone through. I guess you just can't fix "stupid"! Thank you so much to all those of you who DID continue to save water during these months of plenty. You are the few and the wise. Glad I live on a well...

  • Glomae Jun 19, 2008

    I guess for the triangle the drought is just an inconvenience. For all the farmers down east it means the possibility of another year of lost crops. You may think that doesn't affect you so don't complain when grocery prices start going up.