What a difference a week makes….in the previous drought monitor for North Carolina more than 47% of the state was experiencing abnormally dry conditions, in the latest report released Thursday, only 5 ½ % of the state remains in abnormally dry conditions. Heavy rains across most of the state over last weekend are credited with the improvement. The counties in the far southern coastal plain from Brunswick north to Jones County are the only ones still in abnormally dry conditions.
Heavy Rains Diminish South Carolinas Abnormally Dry Conditions
Heavy rains over the weekend between Christmas and New Years have dropped South Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions from more than 56% to below 4% in the latest drought monitor released yesterday. In the previous report released December 27th more than 56% of the state was experiencing abnormally dry conditions, primarily in the central part of the state from the North Carolina border to the Georgia border. The coastal portions of Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton and southern Charleston Counties are the only part of the Palmetto State still experiencing abnormally dry conditions.
Rare Horse Disease Discovered in Wake County
Some horse farms are closing for the public for two weeks after four Raleigh horses contracted a rare virus and had to be euthanized.
The horses were at the same Raleigh boarding facility. State officials confirmed last week they had equine herpesvirus-1.
The illness can spread by coughing or sneezing, as well as by direct contact with infected horses, feed and equipment.
Officials believe the virus is an isolated incident but are encouraging horse owners to separate horses that might have been exposed and watch their animals carefully.
Weather Forecast; Cold & Wet
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, with the national weather forecast for January 7th through the 13th.
“From Jan 7-13 no end in sight to the cold air across the mid-US. Most of the country expecting near to below normal temperatures. Generally wet conditions in many parts of the country, particularly the eastern US.”
US Cotton Production Still Dependant on Exports
USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber says the U.S. cotton markets are still being dominated by the need to export:
“The cotton market is dominated in the US by exports. Out of a crop of 13 million bales we will export 10.5 million. The mill use has been stuck at about 3.5 million bales and reflects the transformation from the mid 90s.”