Thursday, May 17, 2007

Moderate Drought Extended into Sandhills

This week's drought monitor has extended the moderate drought into parts of the North Carolina Sandhills. A severe drought continues in the western most part of the state, while over parts of central and eastern North Carolina are considered to be "abnormally dry".
As of midday Thursday, here's a look at year to date rainfall deficits for selected locations in the state --
  • Lumberton: -8.63"
  • Wilmington: -7.05"
  • Asheville: -6.33"
  • Raleigh-Durham: -2.54"
  • Greensboro: -1.96"
  • Charlotte: -1.47"

It does not appear there will be much relief from the dry conditions across the state over the next several days. A few sprinkles of rain are possible Friday, but if we do see any rain, they rain totals will be very light. Dry weather is expected for the start of next week.

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