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Climate officials say North Carolina had its driest June in more than 125 years

Climate officials say North Carolina had its driest June in more than 125 years

Climate officials say North Carolina had its driest June in more than 125 years

North Carolina weather officials say last month was the driest June on record.

An average of just 1.35 inches of precipitation fell statewide last month, making it the driest since 1895, according to the North Carolina State Climate Office.

The Piedmont and coastal plain were hit hardest, but not all of the mountainous region was spared. In Boone, the rainfall of about 1 inch was the third driest since 1980.

At one point, Greensboro, Hickory and the Alleghany County community of Laurel Springs went 17 straight days without any measurable precipitation.

Nearly the entire state is considered abnormally dry or experiencing drought conditions, according to the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council.

Stokes County is one of 10 counties where drought was considered severe as of Thursday. At that level, crop yields are generally low and wildfires become difficult to extinguish.

The council also suggests that such municipalities implement water scarcity response plans.

Officials say the conditions are expected to cause damage to the state’s corn, tobacco and soybean crops.