Dry conditions reappear across central N.C.

Posted April 29, 2010

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— A lack of rainfall has brought back abnormally dry conditions to parts of central and southeastern North Carolina for the first time in five months, officials said Thursday.

Twenty-six counties, from Orange County in the Triangle through the Sandhills to Brunswick County on the southeast coast, were listed as abnormally dry in the weekly drought map issued by the federal government. Officials said the lack of rain has contributed to below-average stream flows and groundwater levels in the region.

Through Wednesday, the National Weather Service office at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport had recorded 11.09 inches of rain this year, which is about 3 inches below normal.

At this time last year, 12.7 inches of rain had fallen at RDU. The Triangle was listed as having normal conditions then, although much of eastern North Carolina was considered abnormally dry, and several mountain counties were in a moderate drought.

Abnormally dry isn't a drought category, but it indicates that an area could return to drought if rainfall deficits continue, officials said.

No county has experienced such dry conditions since Dec. 1.


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  • dmccall Apr 29, 2010

    We are currently at a 1.7" deficit (4%) for 365-rainfall and Falls Lake is 3" HIGHER than "normal operating level".

  • dmccall Apr 29, 2010

    If they really understand how lawns worked, they would ban any afternoon watering, and EDUCATE people that their lawn only needs 1" of water per week. That means rain+sprinkler should =1". People watering in the afternoon lose water to evaporation, and those watering at night are placing their lawns at danger of mold.

    The water shortage of 2008 was caused by people in north Wake Co., in the face of a couple of dry months, incorrectly watering their lawns, not from glasses of water in restaurants, laundry, or car washing.

  • Jose B. Legalas Apr 29, 2010

    "Abnormally dry isn't a drought category, but it indicates that an area could return to drought if rainfall deficits continue, officials said."

    Interesting the the "officials" do not even know what is and is not considered a drought classification. The NC Drought Management Advisory Council, , certainly uses it as a drought classification.

    But agree with most comments, must have been a slow news day so lets stir up the peasants.

  • Jeremiah Apr 29, 2010

    "Can you say false alarm?"

    It's not an alarm. It's a fact, we're facing "abnormally dry" conditions".

  • BULLDOZER Apr 29, 2010

    Can you say false alarm?

  • McLovin Apr 29, 2010

    Just as long a Big Boss has enough water to make their tasty beer!

  • SeattlePack Apr 29, 2010

    I honestly can't remember a time since 1984 that WRAL has not said we are "abnormally dry". Please WRAL: Stop making a big deal over absolutely NOTHING!!! We could get 100 inches of rain in the next 2 months and WRAL would still say that "we are in a drought". In a few months, we will be back to normal.

  • batteringram69 Apr 29, 2010

    If we are in a drought, how come every time I cross a Neuse River bridge in central/eastern North Carolina, the river is pretty darn full.

    I don't know about everybody else, but just climbing out of the winter of 2010 where it pretty much rained 5 out of 7 days, I'm glad to have abundant sunshine and a break from the rain. I don't think we need to "gasp" start the drought index just yet.

  • exposure102 Apr 29, 2010

    Come on WRAL, stop with the propaganda already...

  • rick_slick Apr 29, 2010

    Gee Raleigh, built any water supply? Nope. Canceled any stupid tract housing? Nope. Required any developers or Yankees moving down here to help with infrastructure? Nope.

    I was born in Raleigh and have lived here all my life. My water is built and paid for. All ya'll newbies can leave.