Autumn rains end drought conditions in Wake County

Posted December 1, 2009 2:15 p.m. EST
Updated December 2, 2009 8:36 p.m. EST

— 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.