Wake, Durham counties now ‘abnormally dry’

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake and Durham counties are now considered “abnormally dry” as drought spreads east.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor released Wednesday show a large part of North Carolina as being under drought conditions.

The CBS North Carolina Storm Team 7-day forecast shows a small chance of rain three different times. There is a 30-percent chance of rain on Thursday followed by just a 10-percent chance Friday.

Since the beginning of November, Raleigh has received 0.41 inches of rain with Fayetteville receiving just 0.49 inches. Raleigh averages 3.19 inches of rainfall in the month of November, according to the National Weather Service.

The North Carolina counties of Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Macon are in an “exceptional drought.” A large part of Swain County is also in that category.

The drought is fueling the North Carolina mountain wildfires that have been raging for at least two weeks.

Greensboro has only seen 0.1 inches of rain in the last 45 days, according to WFMY’s Tim Buckley. That is an all-time record for the city. Guilford County is considered to be “abnormally dry.”

As total of 25.2 percent of the U.S. is affected by drought as of Nov. 9-15, according to the Drought Monitor. The drought is impacting 140.9 million people in the U.S.

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