North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Expand


In the latest drought monitor released Thursday by the Drought Mitigation Center, North Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions expanded last week from 15.73% of the state in abnormally dry conditions to almost 36%.  The area of expansion is across the northern Piedmont, including a small portion of the northern Coastal Plain, as well westward, beyond I-85.  The southern Piedmont, the majority of the Coastal Plain, as well as the heart of the mountain region remain drought free.  All of South Carolina remains drought free, as well.

National Weather Service Forecast for Oct 10 – 16

USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, has the regional weather outlook.

“We are looking at the likelihood for warm conditions for late in the year across much of the eastern United States.  Now, perhaps more interestingly, precipitation patterns for October 10th through the 16th indicate the potential for some significant rain along the Atlantic seaboard, and after a dry couple of months, would be much welcomed.”

Senate Confirms Censky, McKinney

On Tuesday evening the Senate confirmed two Department of Agriculture officials, Stephen Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and Ted McKinney as Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. The action followed unanimous approval a day earlier by the Senate Agriculture Committee. Following the full Senate approval, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts issued a statement, saying he was “pleased” that the Senate acted swiftly. Censky comes from his position as CEO at the American Soybean Association, and McKinney comes from his position as Agriculture Director of Indiana.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.