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

Last Updated on September 22, 2016 12:08 pm

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.

Drought categories are based on streamflow, groundwater levels, the amount of water stored in reservoirs, soil moisture, the time of year and other relevant factors for assessing the extent and severity of dry conditions.

Drought map September 20, 2016 from the North Carolina Drought Management Council


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