The drought is re-establishing itself after some heavy showers in the spring.
So far it looks like the drought, which started over a year ago, just doesn't want to say goodbye to Eastern North Carolina. During the early spring we received some heavy showers and thunderstorms. The relief didn't last long as 100 degree heat and sunny skies started parching the ground in early June. So far this year the WITN weather station is only a little over three inches below normal However, it follows an extremely dry year that saw rainfall at nearly 20 inches below normal in 2007. The back-to-back years have exacted a toll on our woodlands with a major wildfire for northeastern North Carolina over the past few weeks. Crops are unable to quench their thirst for moisture as sunshine and dry air take whatever moisture is left out of the earth. Now we are asking again if the rain will come in time to help our agricultural interests as Midwestern states suffer through one of the worst floods in the nation's history. Current forecasts suggest summer rainfall will be near average and that would go a long way in helping our farmers, gardeners and others who would just like an occasional shower on their lawn. However, sometimes the summer remains dry until the tropics heat up and bring a visitor from the east or south could take us down another path of too much rain too quickly.
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