Moderate Drought Conditions Continue For Most Of The High Country As September 2016 Nears End

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18 counties, all in the western end of the state, either continue to be or are now in the moderate drought status.

Watauga County improved from both moderate drought and abnormally dry status during most of the summer, to no drought for much of August and the first week of September. Watauga and Avery are among the counties in the moderate drought status, according to the September 20th update from the North Carolina Drought Management Council.

 Through Tuesday September 21 there has been 1.13 inches of rain officially recorded in Boone, making it the 9th driest September so far since 1980. For the year 32.95 inches of precipitation has been recorded, making it the 5th driest since 1980.