RALEIGH After nearly two weeks without any measurable rainfall, it has become abnormally dry in the Triangle, according to this week’s assessment from the N.C. Drought Monitor.
The dry conditions that have bedeviled the western Piedmont for much of the summer have spread eastward. Parts of seven counties in the Charlotte area are now in a severe drought, the third most serious drought on a five-point scale.
A relatively wet June and early July filled reservoirs and helped keep lawns and gardens green in mid-summer in the Triangle. But the recent dearth of rain – there hasn’t been any measurable rainfall at Raleigh-Durham International Airport since July 23 – has forced gardeners to get out their hoses.
In addition to rainfall, the drought monitor takes into account factors such as stream flow, groundwater levels and soil moisture to determine the severity of a drought.
Some relief could arrive in the next couple of days, as forecasters expect a cold front to pass through the area, sparking showers and thunderstorms Thursday night through Friday.