Durham, Orange, Johnston and parts of Chatham and Franklin counties are now experiencing a moderate drought, as dry conditions have expanded in the Triangle, according to the latest version of the state drought map.
Most of Wake is still considered “abnormally dry,” the least severe level of drought. The weekly map shows conditions as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.
A relatively wet June and early July filled reservoirs in the Triangle and helped keep lawns and gardens green. A dry spell that began in late July got most of the Triangle classified as abnormally dry, and above-normal rainfall at Raleigh-Durham International Airport for the month of August wasn’t enough to overcome it.
In addition to rainfall, the weekly report from the Drought Management Advisory Council takes into account factors such as stream flow, groundwater levels and soil moisture to determine the severity of a drought.
The western Piedmont has been dealing with dry conditions since June, and parts of three counties west of Charlotte remain in a severe drought.