Normal to above normal rainfall in September eased the drought across much of Eastern North Carolina.
Eastern Carolina's drought is finally subsiding although some areas still report dry conditions. Data reported to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as of October 7, shows gradual improvement in soil moisture throughout North Carolina. Southeastern North Carolina is now considered normal as far as soil moisture conditions are concerned. Moderate drought conditions do remain across northeastern areas with a small area from Edenton to Elizabeth City still in severe drought status. Only extreme southwestern North Carolina remains in exceptional drought conditions, which is considered the worst possible situation. During September the eastern portion of North Carolina received heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Hanna and that helped alleviate the worst conditions. We're not completely out of the woods but conditions are much better than one year ago when almost 40 percent of the state was in exceptional drought conditions.