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March 2008

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North Carolina Climate, the monthly newsletter of the State Climate Office of NC, covers the drought conditions and water conservation with rain barrels.
PDF version available for printing.

 

2008 Drought

Recent rainfall has brought some drought relief to North Carolina. While D4 (exceptional drought) has been removed, all counties still experience some degree of drought stress.

Drought Map as of March 18, 2008

The Spring outlook offers little guidance. Indicators suggest little confidence in being able to determine precipitation through June. EC, on the map below, means equal chance. Less guidance is available for the summer months. The SCO continues to devote much of our attention to drought monitoring and public education of drought and water issues as we face the likelihood of water restrictions continuing through the summer.

Precip Outlook


Rain Barrels
Written by Undergraduate Assistant, Diana Thomas

House with Rain BarrelWith 2007 being the driest year North Carolina has seen on record in 118 years, possibilities are being presented to alleviate the issue of consumer usage. A couple of possibilities are the use of rain barrels for rainwater catchment from residential rooftops and personal wells. Some counties are already contemplating restrictions on the number of wells being dug to prevent depletion of the groundwater supply. However, if every resident of Wake County were to participate in rainwater catchment, how much precipitation would not reach the groundwater supply?

Rain BarrelFor a 1000 square foot house, every inch that falls is 600 gallons of water that can be harvested to use for lawn irrigation, car washing or any other recreational activity. Water from this method of catchment is not treated and therefore cannot be used for drinking or cooking.

Let’s take a look at the numbers. The area of Wake County is 548,672 acres which is equivalent to 857 square miles. According to the US Census conducted in 2006, there are 325,613 housing units located in Wake County. With various calculations, it can be concluded that if all of the housing units in Wake County were to operate their rainwater catchment systems at 100% efficiency, 23% of the annual precipitation will be harvested from the rooftops. Considering only the areas in the Falls of the Neuse Reservoir, 20% of the annual rainfall can be harvested, which is a considerable amount not reaching the groundwater supply. However, most rainwater catchment systems only operate between 70% and 90% efficiency. This also assumes that the system is able to harvest ALL of the precipitation.

Rain Barrel DiagramRain barrels can usually hold 60-80 gallons and are usually about 38” tall. They can also be found in various shapes and sizes that can be disguised as seen above with flowers and paint.

Learn more about how to make your own rain barrel from the NC Cooperative Extension Service: http://craven.ces.ncsu.edu/content/HowtomakeaRainBarrel



Spring Weather Outlook

Moderate La Niña conditions continue. La Niña (cool phase) events are typically associated with drier winters in NC. During La Niña winters, the Jet Stream is less amplified, and doesn't tend to bring as many storms to NC. La Niña conditions are expected to weaken through May.

Temp Outlook Precip Outlook

 

Statewide Summary for February 2008

As part of the monthly newsletter, the SCO provides a basic summary of monthly conditions for all locations that have an automated reporting station. A daily version of this product is available online at:
http://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/cronos/review/

Station
Max Temp
Min Temp
Total
Rainfall
Avg Wind Speed
Max Wind Speed
Max Wind Gust
Vector Avg Wind Speed
Ahoskie, NC (KASJ)
78.8° F
(+24.7° F)
11 mi
26.6° F
(-4.9° F)
11 mi
2.1 in
3.8 mph
19.6 mph
29.9 mph
0.8 mph
South (184°)
Albemarle, NC (KVUJ)
77° F
(+22.3° F)
3 mi
28.4° F
(-1.2° F)
3 mi
1 in
5.7 mph
24.2 mph
32.2 mph
2.8 mph
South Southwest (202°)
Andrews, NC (KRHP)
71.6° F
(+18.9° F)
1 mi
19.4° F
(-7.9° F)
1 mi
2.3 in
3.7 mph
23 mph
39.1 mph
3.1 mph
West Southwest (248°)
Asheboro, NC (KHBI)
75.2° F
(+22° F)
5 mi
24.8° F
(-7.9° F)
5 mi
1.6 in
5.2 mph
21.9 mph
39.1 mph
2.5 mph
Southwest (226°)
Asheville, NC (KAVL)
73° F
(+23° F)
0 mi
19° F
(-9° F)
0 mi
3.5 in
8 mph
27.6 mph
40.3 mph
2.4 mph
Northwest (313°)
Aurora, NC (AURO)
78° F
(+22.5° F)
4 mi
27° F
(-6.4° F)
4 mi
6.2 in
23.9 mph
30.9 mph
1.8 mph
West Southwest (246°)
Beaufort, NC (KMRH)
69.1° F
(+10.1° F)
4 mi
28.9° F
(-7.9° F)
4 mi
3.6 in
9.6 mph
24.2 mph
35.7 mph
3.8 mph
Southwest (234°)
Boone, NC (KTNB)
68° F
(+25.5° F)
1 mi
15.8° F
(-5.8° F)
1 mi
2 in
8.6 mph
41.4 mph
63.3 mph
6.5 mph
West (277°)
Boone, NC (BOON)
67° F
(+24.5° F)
1 mi
12.8° F
(-8.8° F)
1 mi
3.3 in
31.7 mph
50.3 mph
5.4 mph
West Northwest (282°)
Buckland, NC (BUCK)
78° F
(+26.1° F)
15 mi
22.6° F
(-6.1° F)
15 mi
11.2 in
13.8 mph
24.6 mph
25.3 mph
1.5 mph
Southwest (228°)
Burlington, NC (KBUY)
75° F
(+21.2° F)
2 mi
19.9° F
(-10° F)
2 mi
2.5 in
6 mph
29.9 mph
47.2 mph
2.5 mph
West Southwest (243°)
Castle Hayne, NC (CAST)
78° F
(+18.7° F)
0 mi
25.6° F
(-9.7° F)
0 mi
7.4 in
15.9 mph
25.3 mph
30.3 mph
2.4 mph
West Southwest (258°)
Chapel Hill, NC (KIGX)
75° F
(+21.7° F)
2 mi
21° F
(-8.4° F)
2 mi
3.2 in
3.9 mph
17.3 mph
36.8 mph
1.5 mph
Northwest (325°)
Charlotte, NC (KCLT)
73.9° F
(+18° F)
1 mi
17.1° F
(-17.3° F)
1 mi
2.5 in
7 mph
25.3 mph
35.7 mph
1.5 mph
South Southwest (211°)
Cherry Point, NC (KNKT)
75.9° F
(+18.3° F)
0 mi
24.1° F
(-12.9° F)
0 mi
3.4 in
9 mph
26.5 mph
48.3 mph
3.1 mph
Southwest (232°)
Clayton, NC (CLAY)
75.9° F
(+22.1° F)
3 mi
24.3° F
(-5.6° F)
3 mi
1.6 in
24.2 mph
34.4 mph
2.9 mph
West (260°)
Clayton, NC (CLA2)
77.5° F
(+23.7° F)
3 mi
17.7° F
(-12.2° F)
3 mi
3 in
15.6 mph
28.2 mph
1.3 mph
West (259°)
Clinton, NC (KCTZ)
78.8° F
(+22.7° F)
6 mi
24.8° F
(-9.1° F)
6 mi
2.7 in
5.1 mph
19.6 mph
32.2 mph
2.5 mph
Southwest (230°)
Clinton, NC (CLIN)
77.5° F
(+21.4° F)
0 mi
24.9° F
(-9° F)
0 mi
9.8 in
18.3 mph
29.1 mph
31 mph
2.4 mph
West Southwest (236°)
Concord, NC (KJQF)
75.2° F
(+19.8° F)
6 mi
19.4° F
(-10.8° F)
6 mi
5.6 mph
26.5 mph
36.8 mph
3.1 mph
West Southwest (240°)
Currituck, NC (KONX)
68° F
(+12.6° F)
12 mi
26.6° F
(-7.4° F)
12 mi
2.2 in
6.6 mph
20.7 mph
33.4 mph
2.2 mph
South Southwest (196°)
Edenton, NC (KEDE)
75.2° F
(+19.4° F)
3 mi
24.8° F
(-9.6° F)
3 mi
1.9 in
8.2 mph
29.9 mph
39.1 mph
2.5 mph
West Southwest (239°)
Elizabeth City, NC (KECG)
79° F
(+25.1° F)
1 mi
21.9° F
(-12.5° F)
1 mi
2.9 in
9.9 mph
33.4 mph
49.5 mph
2.2 mph
Southwest (235°)
Elizabethtown, NC (KEYF)
78.8° F
(+20.9° F)
4 mi
28.4° F
(-5° F)
4 mi
3.2 in
5.4 mph
23 mph
33.4 mph
3 mph
Southwest (223°)
Erwin, NC (KHRJ)
78.8° F
(+23.9° F)
5 mi
24.8° F
(-5.9° F)
5 mi
2 in
5.6 mph
27.6 mph
38 mph
2.1 mph
South Southwest (211°)
Fayetteville, NC (KFAY)
81° F
(+24.9° F)
5 mi
25° F
(-7.8° F)
5 mi
3.4 in
8.7 mph
27.6 mph
36.8 mph
3.8 mph
West Southwest (241°)
Fletcher, NC (FLET)
73.2° F
(+23.1° F)
0 mi
18.6° F
(-6.7° F)
0 mi
3.8 in
18.8 mph
25.6 mph
2 mph
North Northwest (346°)
Fort Bragg, NC (KFBG)
78.1° F
(+21.2° F)
5 mi
24.6° F
(-10.6° F)
5 mi
3.3 in
6.7 mph
28.8 mph
36.8 mph
2.6 mph
West Southwest (242°)
Franklin, NC (K1A5)
73.4° F
(+20.9° F)
3 mi
23° F
(-2.6° F)
3 mi
0.8 in
3.3 mph
21.9 mph
32.2 mph
1.2 mph
West Northwest (286°)
Franklin, NC (WINE)
54.5° F
(+2° F)
11 mi
3.8° F
(-21.8° F)
11 mi
0 in
21.7 mph
31.7 mph
7.6 mph
West (274°)
Gastonia, NC (KAKH)
75.9° F
(+20.9° F)
4 mi
18° F
(-13.2° F)
4 mi
2.2 in
5 mph
19.6 mph
29.9 mph
0.8 mph
North Northwest (330°)
Goldsboro, NC (KGSB)
80.8° F
(+23.2° F)
0 mi
23.9° F
(-11.5° F)
0 mi
5.3 in
8.1 mph
28.8 mph
41.4 mph
3 mph
Southwest (233°)
Goldsboro, NC (KGWW)
77° F
(+19.4° F)
8 mi
24.8° F
(-10.6° F)
8 mi
3 in
6.6 mph
26.5 mph
34.5 mph
3.1 mph
Southwest (226°)
Goldsboro, NC (GOLD)
77.5° F
(+19.9° F)
5 mi
22.6° F
(-12.8° F)
5 mi
4.5 in
22.2 mph
30.4 mph
2.7 mph
South Southwest (199°)
Greensboro, NC (KGSO)
73.9° F
(+22.2° F)
0 mi
19.9° F
(-10.7° F)
0 mi
1.8 in
8.9 mph
38 mph
47.2 mph
3.6 mph
West Southwest (236°)
Greensboro, NC (NCAT)
73.7° F
(+22° F)
12 mi
21.2° F
(-9.4° F)
12 mi
5.6 in
20.1 mph
28.4 mph
34.7 mph
2.1 mph
West Southwest (259°)
Greenville, NC (KPGV)
82.4° F
(+27.2° F)
1 mi
24.8° F
(-8.7° F)
1 mi
3.1 in
6.7 mph
25.3 mph
42.6 mph
3 mph
Southwest (230°)
Hatteras, NC (KHSE)
64° F
(+9.4° F)
0 mi
28° F
(-11° F)
0 mi
6.7 in
9.4 mph
32.2 mph
43.7 mph
2.8 mph
West Southwest (236°)
Hendersonville, NC (BEAR)
63.2° F
(+10.5° F)
7 mi
9.4° F
(-18.6° F)
7 mi
3.3 in
40.3 mph
47 mph
9.2 mph
North Northeast (25°)
Hickory, NC (KHKY)
75° F
(+22° F)
0 mi
21° F
(-10.5° F)
0 mi
3.4 in
5.6 mph
32.2 mph
44.9 mph
2 mph
West Northwest (290°)
High Point, NC (HIGH)
74.1° F
(+19.4° F)
2 mi
20.9° F
(-11.2° F)
2 mi
2.1 in
17.1 mph
29.5 mph
1.3 mph
West (268°)
Hoffman, NC (KHFF)
76.6° F
(+22.5° F)
14 mi
26.6° F
(-6.5° F)
14 mi
2.9 in
6 mph
25.3 mph
35.7 mph
2.9 mph
Southwest (235°)
Jackson Springs, NC (JACK)
73.1° F
(+19° F)
0 mi
19.8° F
(-13.3° F)
0 mi
2.7 in
22.9 mph
31.9 mph
2.4 mph
West Southwest (240°)
Jacksonville, NC (KNCA)
80.1° F
(+21.5° F)
4 mi
24.1° F
(-11.5° F)
4 mi
3.4 in
8.2 mph
25.3 mph
47.2 mph
2.9 mph
Southwest (235°)
Jacksonville, NC (KOAJ)
80.6° F
(+22° F)
16 mi
23° F
(-12.6° F)
16 mi
3.4 in
7.8 mph
31.1 mph
40.3 mph
3.6 mph
Southwest (228°)
Jefferson, NC (KGEV)
71.6° F
(+25.9° F)
1 mi
15.8° F
(-6.3° F)
1 mi
1.5 in
9 mph
52.9 mph
80.5 mph
6.3 mph
West (274°)
Kenansville, NC (KDPL)
78.8° F
(+21.1° F)
3 mi
23° F
(-11.7° F)
3 mi
4.1 in
4.9 mph
21.9 mph
32.2 mph
2.2 mph
West Southwest (240°)
Kill Devil Hills, NC (KFFA)
75.2° F
(+21.6° F)
7 mi
30.2° F
(-6.8° F)
7 mi
2 in
7.7 mph
23 mph
33.4 mph
1.8 mph
West Southwest (253°)
Kinston, NC (KISO)
80.6° F
(+20.7° F)
4 mi
24.8° F
(-9.7° F)
4 mi
8.1 mph
25.3 mph
40.3 mph
4 mph
Southwest (218°)
Kinston, NC (KINS)
79° F
(+19.1° F)
5 mi
26.9° F
(-7.6° F)
5 mi
4.7 in
23.2 mph
34 mph
3.4 mph
Southwest (234°)
Laurel Springs, NC (LAUR)
68.1° F
(+23.9° F)
1 mi
13.7° F
(-7.4° F)
1 mi
6.3 in
27.8 mph
48.7 mph
44.7 mph
4 mph
West (272°)
Lewiston, NC (LEWS)
77.7° F
(+23.6° F)
0 mi
24.3° F
(-7.2° F)
0 mi
4.2 in
25 mph
36.5 mph
2.9 mph
West Southwest (252°)
Lexington, NC (KEXX)
75.2° F
(+20.8° F)
5 mi
21.2° F
(-9.7° F)
5 mi
1.1 in
4.4 mph
24.2 mph
32.2 mph
1.6 mph
South Southwest (213°)
Lilesville, NC (LILE)
74.5° F
(+18.5° F)
9 mi
25° F
(-9.1° F)
9 mi
5 in
16.1 mph
53.5 mph
50.6 mph
2.4 mph
Southwest (231°)
Lincolnton, NC (KIPJ)
75.2° F
(+20.2° F)
10 mi
23° F
(-8.6° F)
10 mi
1.6 in
4.2 mph
27.6 mph
36.8 mph
1.7 mph
West Southwest (243°)
Louisburg, NC (KLHZ)
78.8° F
(+24.4° F)
6 mi
24.8° F
(-1.6° F)
6 mi
1.1 in
4.8 mph
20.7 mph
39.1 mph
1.7 mph
Southwest (219°)
Lumberton, NC (KLBT)
79° F
(+21.4° F)
2 mi
25° F
(-7.3° F)
2 mi
4.4 in
6.9 mph
28.8 mph
33.4 mph
2.6 mph
Southwest (235°)
Manteo, NC (KMQI)
71.6° F
(+18° F)
0 mi
28.4° F
(-8.6° F)
0 mi
2.6 in
9.9 mph
28.8 mph
36.8 mph
2.1 mph
Southwest (216°)
Maxton, NC (KMEB)
79° F
(+22.1° F)
6 mi
24.1° F
(-9.9° F)
6 mi
3 in
8.2 mph
26.5 mph
33.4 mph
3.1 mph
Southwest (222°)
Monroe, NC (KEQY)
73° F
(+16.2° F)
6 mi
18° F
(-15.2° F)
6 mi
3.1 in
7.4 mph
28.8 mph
42.6 mph
3.3 mph
West Southwest (252°)
Morganton, NC (KMRN)
73.4° F
(+19.9° F)
7 mi
21.2° F
(-6.4° F)
7 mi
2.2 in
3.7 mph
20.7 mph
28.8 mph
1.5 mph
West (261°)
Mount Airy, NC (KMWK)
71.6° F
(+21.4° F)
6 mi
24.8° F
(-0.6° F)
6 mi
2 in
3.7 mph
23 mph
41.4 mph
1.2 mph
West Southwest (254°)
New Bern, NC (KEWN)
82° F
(+24.6° F)
1 mi
23° F
(-12.5° F)
1 mi
3.2 in
7.7 mph
21.9 mph
44.9 mph
2.8 mph
Southwest (231°)
North Wilkesboro, NC (KUKF)
73.4° F
(+21.8° F)
5 mi
19.4° F
(-5.6° F)
5 mi
4 mph
23 mph
40.3 mph
2 mph
West Southwest (251°)
Oxford, NC (KHNZ)
73.4° F
(+21.3° F)
6 mi
23° F
(-6° F)
6 mi
1.7 in
6.9 mph
26.5 mph
39.1 mph
3 mph
Southwest (221°)
Oxford, NC (OXFO)
73.2° F
(+21.1° F)
0 mi
22.2° F
(-6.8° F)
0 mi
2.8 in
21.4 mph
37.5 mph
2.4 mph
West Southwest (250°)
Plymouth, NC (PLYM)
79.4° F
(+21.8° F)
2 mi
21.2° F
(-13.2° F)
2 mi
3.3 in
27.6 mph
38.4 mph
2.9 mph
West Southwest (258°)
Pope AFB, NC (KPOB)
77.9° F
(+21° F)
0 mi
23° F
(-12.2° F)
0 mi
2.5 in
7.3 mph
29.9 mph
39.1 mph
3.2 mph
West Southwest (245°)
Raleigh, NC (KRDU)
77° F
(+23° F)
0 mi
21.9° F
(-10° F)
0 mi
2.8 in
8.1 mph
29.9 mph
40.3 mph
3.4 mph
Southwest (232°)
Raleigh, NC (LAKE)
75° F
(+19.3° F)
0 mi
22.2° F
(-11.8° F)
0 mi
4.8 in
27 mph
38.6 mph
37 mph
3.3 mph
West (259°)
Raleigh, NC (REED)
74.5° F
(+21.5° F)
3 mi
23.7° F
(-8.6° F)
3 mi
4.5 in
20.5 mph
40.7 mph
2 mph
West Northwest (287°)
Reidsville, NC (KSIF)
73.4° F
21.2° F
1.5 in
4.7 mph
31.1 mph
44.9 mph
2.8 mph
West Southwest (250°)
Reidsville, NC (REID)
72.1° F
(+21° F)
0 mi
20.6° F
(-8.9° F)
0 mi
1.6 in
21.9 mph
34.9 mph
3.1 mph
West (279°)
Roanoke Rapids, NC (KRZZ)
79° F
(+28° F)
3 mi
24.1° F
(-5.2° F)
3 mi
3 in
5 mph
31.1 mph
47.2 mph
2.2 mph
Northwest (306°)
Rockingham, NC (KRCZ)
75.2° F
(+17.6° F)
4 mi
26.6° F
(-3.7° F)
4 mi
1.1 in
6.3 mph
23 mph
33.4 mph
2.9 mph
Southwest (222°)
Rocky Mount, NC (KRWI)
79° F
21.9° F
2.6 in
6.8 mph
26.5 mph
40.3 mph
2.6 mph
Southwest (230°)
Rocky Mount, NC (ROCK)
77.6° F
(+23.1° F)
0 mi
24.8° F
(-7.9° F)
0 mi
4.1 in
21.9 mph
32.1 mph
2.5 mph
West Southwest (244°)
Roxboro, NC (KTDF)
73.4° F
(+21.6° F)
7 mi
19.4° F
(-8.4° F)
7 mi
0.5 in
6.1 mph
25.3 mph
35.7 mph
2.8 mph
Southwest (234°)
Rutherfordton, NC (KFQD)
80.6° F
(+26.4° F)
11 mi
19.4° F
(-8.4° F)
11 mi
1.8 in
3.6 mph
19.6 mph
34.5 mph
1.3 mph
Southwest (227°)
Salisbury, NC (KRUQ)
69.8° F
(+14.2° F)
3 mi
23° F
(-8.8° F)
3 mi
0.2 in
5.6 mph
20.7 mph
34.5 mph
1.8 mph
Southwest (230°)
Salisbury, NC (SALI)
73.5° F
(+21° F)
0 mi
19° F
(-9.3° F)
0 mi
3 in
21.8 mph
32 mph
1.5 mph
West (270°)
Sanford, NC (KTTA)
75.2° F
(+17.9° F)
5 mi
23° F
(-8.3° F)
5 mi
1.3 in
4.7 mph
29.9 mph
42.6 mph
1.8 mph
West Southwest (243°)
Shelby, NC (KEHO)
59° F
(+5.3° F)
6 mi
30.2° F
(+0.7° F)
6 mi
1.5 in
5.5 mph
21.9 mph
28.8 mph
0.6 mph
South Southwest (202°)
Siler City, NC (SILR)
74.1° F
(+20.5° F)
5 mi
16.4° F
(-14.7° F)
5 mi
2.4 in
24.6 mph
35.1 mph
2.3 mph
West (269°)
Smithfield, NC (KJNX)
78.8° F
(+23.6° F)
3 mi
21.2° F
(-10.1° F)
3 mi
4.3 mph
24.2 mph
36.8 mph
2.2 mph
Southwest (230°)
Southern Pines, NC (KSOP)
77° F
19.4° F
7.5 mph
26.5 mph
39.1 mph
3.4 mph
Southwest (234°)
Southport, NC (KSUT)
69.8° F
(+11.5° F)
6 mi
28.4° F
(-6.7° F)
6 mi
2.9 in
6.3 mph
25.3 mph
33.4 mph
2.5 mph
Southwest (232°)
Statesville, NC (KSVH)
73.4° F
(+18.5° F)
5 mi
19.4° F
(-9.9° F)
5 mi
2.1 in
5.1 mph
34.5 mph
55.2 mph
1.8 mph
West Southwest (246°)
Wadesboro, NC (KAFP)
75.2° F
(+19.2° F)
4 mi
28.4° F
(-5.7° F)
4 mi
1.1 in
4.6 mph
19.6 mph
32.2 mph
1.9 mph
Southwest (216°)
Washington, NC (KOCW)
77° F
23° F
1.7 in
6.1 mph
21.9 mph
31.1 mph
2.5 mph
South Southwest (200°)
Waynesville, NC (WAYN)
67.6° F
(+17.1° F)
0 mi
12.8° F
(-11.3° F)
0 mi
3.3 in
16.9 mph
29.1 mph
1.8 mph
West Southwest (253°)
Whiteville, NC (KCPC)
80.6° F
(+20.7° F)
10 mi
28.4° F
(-6° F)
10 mi
1.9 in
5 mph
23 mph
36.8 mph
2.3 mph
South Southwest (201°)
Whiteville, NC (WHIT)
79.9° F
(+20° F)
0 mi
23.5° F
(-10.9° F)
0 mi
3.9 in
17.3 mph
26.1 mph
1.8 mph
West Southwest (246°)
Williamston, NC (WILL)
79.7° F
(+24.7° F)
4 mi
25.2° F
(-8.4° F)
4 mi
5.2 in
19.6 mph
28.4 mph
2 mph
West (259°)
Wilmington, NC (KILM)
79° F
(+19.5° F)
0 mi
27° F
(-10.5° F)
0 mi
3.9 in
8.3 mph
29.9 mph
43.7 mph
3.3 mph
Southwest (229°)
Winston Salem, NC (KINT)
73.9° F
(+22.2° F)
16 mi
21.9° F
(-8.7° F)
16 mi
3.1 in
6.6 mph
28.8 mph
38 mph
1.9 mph
West (266°)

 

Legend:
Parameter
Parameter's value approximated from hourly data.
( +/- Departure from normal )
Distance to reference station

 

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