After Nearly 10 Days of No Rain Showers Arrive, Should Help Contain Forest Fires

Published Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:45 am


By Jesse Wood

With firefighters working on containing multiple forest fires across the state and with the N.C. Drought Advisory Council reporting on the “abnormally dry conditions,” the overnight rain was a welcome sight. noted that rain will “be with us” through mid-afternoon and possibly through this evening with showers. Looking at archives, rain hadn’t fallen in about nine days prior.

“Before today, only about 0.75 inches of rain has fallen in April. That followed only about 1″ of rain for March. Rain we need, and rain we’ll get today–about 0.5 inches for most of the area,” notes in its forecast discussion. “Rain coverage tapers off around mid-afternoon and ends this evening as the front slides slowly to our east.”

On Thursday, the Drought Management Advisory Council noted that drought conditions as of April 19 were classified “abnormally dry conditions,” which is the highest drought designation that applies to at least 25 percent of land area in a county. The latest advisory encourages water users to “monitor their water supply source for diminished capacity and take precautions to prepare for impending drought conditions.”

After a pleasant weekend and Monday and Tuesday, when forecasts five-raccoon days in honor of MerleFest, showers will return the middle of next week.

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