Thursday, June 07, 2007

Drought Update

An update on the drought status across North Carolina was released today, and the news is a little better for the Triangle. The moderate drought has been downgraded to "abnormally dry" conditions in the Triangle and much of eastern North Carolina. The moderate drought continues in the Sandhills and Piedmont. The mountains continue under a severe to extreme drought.
Soaking rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry over the weekend helped some in the eastern part of the state. However, more rain is needed.
Here's a look at year to date rainfall deficits for select locations in the state as of Thursday:
  • Lumberton: -10.26"
  • Asheville: -9.39"
  • Elizabeth City: -8.21"
  • Wilmington: -7.74"
  • Cape Hatteras: -5.54"
  • Charlotte: -3.57"
  • New Bern: -3.45"
  • Greensboro: -3.26"
  • Raleigh-Durham: -3.20"

Unfortunately, our chances for a good soaking rain over the next several days do not look good. A few scattered late day thunderstorms are possible Saturday.

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