State Panel Gets An Earful From Forecasters On Drought

Forecasters have told a state panel that the high temperatures of August only worsened North Carolina's drought, and the coming months are expected to bring little relief.

Mike Moneypenny of the National Weather Service said Thursday
that temperatures at Raleigh-Durham International Airport have
exceeded 90 degrees for about 79 days instead of the average of 39
days a year.

Officials say the winter is expected to be drier than normal,
although lower temperatures will reduce evaporation. Some water
officials told the Drought Management Advisory Council that their
cities have water supplies of less than six months.


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