Moderate Drought Conditions Continue

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:56pm

For a second straight week moderate drought conditions continue around the county. There continues to be very little rain to help pull us out of these conditions. The good news is there could be some relief on Monday with a 40% chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms. I mentioned that we were moving toward drought conditions three weeks ago in a blog post and took some measurements from a few bodies of water. Let's take a look at how those levels have changed since week 1. 

Three weeks ago the water levels at Second Creek Near barber were at 2.12 inches. As of last week the water levels were at 2.05 inches. That area did gets a decent little storm over this past weekend and those levels have bounced back to 2.13 inches. 


Coddle Creek was at a level of 1.94 inches three weeks ago. last week the creek was down to 1.9 inches and with some rainfall this past weekend the creek has risen back to a level of 1.93 inches. 


The Yadkin River near Mocksville two weeks ago had a water level reading of 2.14 inches. The good news is we are holding at 2.14 inches for that same body of water today.


The water levels at High Rock Lake have dropped almost a foot in the past two weeks from 652.12 to 651.44 feet. Now as I have mentioned this is not too alarming as the water levels are controlled by Alcoa who owns the lake. So there could be some fluctuations from time to time caused by Alcoa and not so much by weather impacts.

Currently we have had 27.41 inches of rainfall for the year officially at the Mid-Carolina Airport. Our normal by this point in the year is 32.80 inches of rainfall. Putting us 5.39 inches below normal for the year. I would suspect if we do not get some ample rainfall between now and next Thursday when the next report is issued. We could see some areas around the county in a severe drought.  Do not be surprised to see water restrictions go into place soon if the dry conditions continue to persist around the county. I will continue to keep you updated right here and on social media concerning this and all weather related impacts and forecast. As always thank you for following Rowan County Weather!

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