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Drought conditions return to N.C.

Posted July 8, 2010

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— Drought conditions that have returned to North Carolina for the first time since last summer are hurting crops, according to a weekly update from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

A moderate drought has taken hold in 18 counties, including Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, Vance and Warren counties. Drought Map Time-lapse animation of drought conditions

Some western counties in the mountains are also in a moderate drought, which is the least severe of four categories rating the intensity of a drought.

Environmental officials said the worsening conditions are driven by a lack of rainfall that has hurt crops and affected farmers.

"Agricultural reports indicate that a lack of rainfall and higher sustained temperatures are beginning to impact croplands in North Carolina," Candice Craig, statistician for National Agricultural Statistics Service, said in a statement. "Pastures and hay fields have been depleted of soil moisture. Corn conditions are deteriorating, and some corn crops are showing drought stress."

Sixty-two counties are experiencing abnormally dry conditions, which means drought conditions are not present but could return without sufficient rainfall. That number is up 11 counties from a week ago.

It's the first time any part of North Carolina has experienced drought conditions since last August. In 2007-08, North Carolina experienced the worst drought since 1895, when records on the subject began to be kept.

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  • Remy Jul 9, 2010

    "The drought never left y'all! Join us in a dose of the truth!" Aunt Betty

    The last paragraph of the articule must be another conspiracy to cover the truth about our water supply.

  • NoFreakinWay Jul 9, 2010

    The drought never left y'all! Join us in a dose of the truth!

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 8, 2010

    Can we please get rain, it is hot, & grass is dieing.

  • liskm Jul 8, 2010

    One website i read in how to "address"the drought was to utilize rain water! Well if it does not rain, that is a bit hard to do on large scale. I do on small scale just saying.

  • Remy Jul 8, 2010

    "Uu uuu, who already told you this weeks ago and how many said, "there's no drought", " Mr Barber

    Your memory must be fading...You said we were in a drought we we were not. Yes, it says "returned" as of today. Many of us could have predicted that one. You are such a great meterologist, where did you get your degree?

  • oakmont Jul 8, 2010

    cwood, they will eventually meter our wells.

  • tarheel4life Jul 8, 2010

    "Where would we be without "officials" to clue us in to the obvious? I wonder what they get paid."

    Who knows. But I'm sure all they do is inform the media of the obvious.

    "I'm surprised people are still bringing it up. "

    I'm not. Uninformed people tend to make the most noise.

  • working for deadbeats Jul 8, 2010

    "Environmental officials said the worsening conditions are driven by a lack of rainfall "

    Where would we be without "officials" to clue us in to the obvious? I wonder what they get paid.

  • cwood3 Jul 8, 2010

    Thank you Jesus for my well. I'm waiting for the tax and spenders to want to tax me for my well water. They're wanting to tax everything else.

  • Leonardo Jul 8, 2010

    Yes yes yes....this 'drought' is a conspiracy created by Mayor Meeker. He's somehow preventing it from raining because in some way he personally benefits financially somehow when water rates go up, or something like that.

    Sheesh. You people need to get out of the sun.

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