Recent rainfall has helped but the drought lingers, especially in western North Carolina.
The past two days have brought decent rainfall to North Carolina putting a dent into a two-year drought. Rainfall has been heaviest across the central portion of the state where many areas received one to three inches of rain. Western North Carolina received beneficial rainfall as well but that area has suffered the most from drought conditions. As of Tuesday, December 9, much of central and southeastern North Carolina were near normal with soil conditions. The western third of North Carolina still has drought with the southwestern sections, south and west of Asheville, considered exceptionally or extremely dry. Northeastern North Carolina remains abnormally dry, especially from the Greenville/Washington area and points north and east to Elizabeth City. In fact, the area from Ahoskie and Windsor to Currituck County are still in a moderate drought. Most of that area received one to two inches of rainfall on Thursday so soil moisture conditions have improved significantly since yesterday. The rain will end early Friday with sunshine expected through the weekend into early next week.