Autumn rains end drought conditions in Wake County

Posted December 1, 2009
Updated December 2, 2009

— Wake County saw more than twice the average rainfall in November, enough to lift the county out of drought status.

Drought conditions in the central part of the state never reached the extremes of 2007-08 this year, but abnormally dry conditions have been recorded since the beginning of July.

The North Carolina Drought Advisory Council revised the county’s drought status to “normal” Tuesday. The City of Raleigh’s water supply pool in Falls Lake is 100 percent full, Dale Crisp, director of the city’s Public Utilities Department, said.

The official monitoring station at Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded 6.91 inches of rainfall during the month of November – almost 4 inches above the monthly average of 2.97 inches.

With a month to go, Wake County is just 6 inches shy of the annual average of 40 inches of accumulated precipitation.


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  • fishon Dec 2, 2009

    Time to start flushing down whether yellow or brown!

  • dmccall Dec 2, 2009

    Falls Lake is currently 6" above normal operating level, and has lost about 9" of level in the last 3 days, much faster loss than by simple evaporation and normal water use.

    Therefore the Army Corps of Engineers is SPILLING EXCESS. Yes, folks, we are in a time of excess, yet our water restrictions (which prohibit proper cultivation of drought-resistant lawns) continue.

  • SaveEnergyMan Dec 1, 2009

    It's important to remember that "normal" here is often the average of extremes. It's good to see the lakes full again, good news for water restrictions. Groundwater levels are still probably below where they should be.

    As for weather forecasts, according to Fishel himself, day 5 is an educated guess and days 6 and 7 are even less certain. The science is simply not good enough. Weather is a function of a huge number of variables that aren't/can't all be measured. It's a chaotic system that is akin to predicting lottery numbers by looking at the movement of the numbers in the bowl. It's too complex to do anymore than a few days in advance.

  • homebrewer Dec 1, 2009

    HJRVS - He has a better idea of what he is talking about then you think. He is talking about Agricultural Drought vs Hydrological Drought. I recommend next time starting your brain before engaging your mouth.

  • HJRVS Dec 1, 2009

    While I am ranting, why is it that on the seven day forecast, day seven will change six times before the actual day? Most of the time it is a DRAMATIC change. So we are to believe the “educated” global warming alarmist when they warn that the Earth’s temperature is going to increase 2 degrees over the next century? Ha, give me a break! I would settle for WRAL to get TOMORROW's weather right within 5 degrees, much less the entire earth in 2150!!!!

  • HJRVS Dec 1, 2009


    Huh?? Dude, what are you talking about? The lakes never dried up thereby requiring saturation of the soil. Do you have any clue what you are talking about or do you just like sounding smart with words such as “false positive”? In fact, the lake levels were artificially low in late summer and early fall due to the drawn down by the state so as not to flood down river towns in the event of a tropical storm, i.e. Fran. The lake levels never dropped to a critical level because every square inch of the state received normal rainfall this year with the exception of, curiously enough,the square inch the RDU rain gauge occupies. I am sick of this chicken little jive the media tries to pawn off on the masses.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Dec 1, 2009

    I'm just impressed they are willing to report "normal". I'm surprised they didn't increase the time period to include the previous drought so they could still say we're in a drought. Or maybe they'll just report the month and we'll here what a problem all this moisture is.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 1, 2009

    Does this account for the saturation time needed for the lake?

    As I understand it, just filling the lake does not mean much. The lake will fill, but levels will continue to fall until the ground is saturated...THEN it can sustain the level. So, is this is false positive?

  • Southern Fried Yankee Dec 1, 2009

    So now we can plant bananas in NC and that's a BAD thing?

  • ncsudan Dec 1, 2009

    I'm glad we are going to enter winter in better shape than in past years. I'll take whatever good news we can. Plus my winter veggies are setting up nicely. The onion sets like it wet.