Conditions across much of North Carolina remain a bit dry but soil moisture conditions are improved significantly since the beginning of the year. Only extreme southwestern North Carolina is still in an "Exceptional Drought". Other western areas remain drier than normal but rainfall has vastly improved soil conditions. Eastern North Carolina is in much better shape. Much of southeastern coastal areas are now out of the drought. Only northeastern sections of the state, north and east of the Washington/Greenville area, are still considered abnormally dry. Little rainfall is expected over the next few days but a more powerful storm could produce much needed rain by the middle of next week. Average rainfall is expected over the next month and that should continue to improve soil moisture across the state.