National Drought Mitigation Center

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Streams drying up, trees and lawns stressed in Wake County, North Carolina
5/17/2018 4:02:14 PM

Plants & Wildlife
Water Supply & Quality
Wake County, NC

Start Date: 5/13/2018 - End Date: 5/13/2018
The ground continues to dry out. Record heat combined with the very low rainfall has begun to leave noticeable indicators. The river birch trees have begun to show water stress as a few leaves have turned yellow and dropped to the ground. The magnolias are dropping their leaves and the flowers in the garden have slowed their development. Bare spots on the yard show dried cracked dirt. We have resorted to irrigation in the yard to keep the new grass growing. The streams in the area have dried up. The water level of the pond has dropped below the level of the spillway so no water is flowing downstream. The water is clear with no signs of algae. There are numerous small fish visible in the pond. The ducks, great blue heron and other water birds are making regular visits. The deer continue their twice-daily trips across our back yard in the morning and evening. The trees are continuing to mature with new seed drops and leaf growth. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Holly Springs 1.1 ESE on 5/13/2018