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Event Drought
State NORTH CAROLINA
County/Area CASWELL
WFO RNK
Report Source Other Federal
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2007-10-01 00:00:00.0 EST-5
End Date 2007-10-30 06:59:00.0 EST-5
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 3.00M
Episode Narrative Drought conditions worsened from September into October with parts of northwest North Carolina entering into the Exceptional (D4) Category from Extreme (D3) the month before. Elsewhere, except for Surry County which lowered into the Severe (D2) level at the beginning of October, other counties remained in the Extreme (D3) Category. Rainfall the last week of October helped to mitigate the drought severity over North Carolina with about half of the counties in the northwest part of the state dropping below the D2 Category.
Agricultural and livestock losses continued to be substantial, but less compared to previous months as the area progressed out of the normal growing season. Many cattlemen at this point in the season had to start deciding financially between using up winter stores of hay to feed existing head of cattle and then purchase more hay in the Spring, or they chose to sell off head of cattle, maintain winter stores, and purchase new cattle in the Spring. The greatest crop losses were primarily no second planting of pasture grasses and hay, with soybeans, corn silage and grain, and Christmas trees being additional losses of varying degrees. During a normal season, farmers are able to purchase hay for around $60 to $70 per ton, now with the hay being imported from western U.S. states, the price was more in line with $150 to $200 per ton.
Due to the drought conditions, the Governor urged North Carolinians to voluntarily conserve water.
Event Narrative The county began the month at the Extreme (D3) Category of drought. The severity was increased on October 16th to the Exceptional (D4) Category. This level of severity was maintained until October 30th when it was downgraded to the Moderate (D1) Category. Main crop losses were pasture grasses with zero percent yield, tobacco with only a 20 percent yield, corn grain with only a 30 to 40 percent yield, and soybeans with a 75% yield. Crop damage values are estimates.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 4.425M
ASHE (ZONE) ASHE (ZONE) NC 10/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ALLEGHANY (ZONE) ALLEGHANY (ZONE) NC 10/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Drought 0 0 0.00K 175.00K
SURRY (ZONE) SURRY (ZONE) NC 10/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STOKES (ZONE) STOKES (ZONE) NC 10/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROCKINGHAM (ZONE) ROCKINGHAM (ZONE) NC 10/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Drought 0 0 0.00K 500.00K
CASWELL (ZONE) CASWELL (ZONE) NC 10/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Drought 0 0 0.00K 3.000M
YADKIN (ZONE) YADKIN (ZONE) NC 10/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILKES (ZONE) WILKES (ZONE) NC 10/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Drought 0 0 0.00K 750.00K
WATAUGA (ZONE) WATAUGA (ZONE) NC 10/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 4.425M