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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Drought in Asheville: Update March, 2008

We have written a good bit in the past year about the drought here in Western North Carolina, covering how this impacts everything from white water rafting, to fly fishing and skiing. Where are we now that the new year is 11 weeks old, and we have actually seen some region wide rains?

From Mountain Express, we learn that our region has made some gains in the department of rainfall. For 2008, we are approximately normal for rainfall, but Asheville remains around 13 inches, or 35% less than normal for the past 365 days.

Stream flows have recovered to some degree, and the bottom now looks to be almost 60% of normal, a big improvement from summertime, 2007. The Western counties have been downgraded from "extreme" to "severe" drought conditions. Hopefully, the pattern of precipitation will allow a slow return to normalcy.

The Asheville Citizen Times recently ran a story on a local real estate agent who "moonlights as a dowser". We covered dowsing in June, 2007, with several outbound links and resources in this article about buying mountain land.

Essential Drought/Water Links Find out how your part of the nation is doing.

North Carolina State University: Offers this page with tons of information about landscaping, gardening, native plants, and drought resistant plants, as well as this document, (PDF), on conserving water in the home.

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