"Drought" has been a common word in our vocabulary here in southeastern North Carolina over the past year. While we have gotten some rain recently, we still have a long way to go before the worst drought in North Carolina comes to an end. This drought actually began in March of last year and has been going on to various degrees ever since. The western part of the state is in an exceptional drought. Steve Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, said "What we have missed out on over the past two springs is large areas of soaking rainfall that benefit everybody." Now that it is summer, we depend on thunderstorms to bring us rain, but they don't always spread the wealth. "Some places might get three inches of rain within a day from a thunderstorm whereas half a mile down the road night get a trace amount, so it's very spotty where that rainfall occurs," said Pfaff. It's going to take something significant for us to even make a dent in the current drought. Pfaff said, "Nobody wants a category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane, but it might take that to break this drought. And that would be not a tropical system moving right along the coast where all the rain falls along the coast, and eventually runs off into the ocean quickly, but we need that distribution to be further inland into our basins that support where we get our drinking water from." Since we don't know what is in store for us this hurricane season, we need to continue to conserve water. A few easy ways to do that are keeping your shower under 5 minutes, turning the water off when you brush your teeth, checking for leaks, limiting how much you water your lawn and using rain barrels.
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