August was a hot, dry month in North Carolina bringing record lows to many of the state's rivers and streams and worsening the drought conditions.
The lowest average august streamflow in 110 years of record was recorded on the Tar River in Tarboro. According to the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council, the heat and low streamflows can affect stream water temperatures and the fish in the water.
Water temperatures in the sounds and estuaries also are affected. According to Scientists, the Neuse River at New Bern is three and a half degrees higher than normal for August.