Eastern North Carolina received rainfall on Wednesday but much more is needed to alleviate the dry conditions.
Much needed rainfall fell across eastern North Carolina on Wednesday. Rainfall amounts averaged between one-quarter and three-quarters of an inch. A nice rainfall by most standards but the drought over the last two years has left the area with low subsoil moisture levels. Reviewing the data since December 1 shows us just how dry we've been this winter. Normal winter precipitation is around 11 inches in our area. As of February 18 at the WITN Weather Station, we've only received 5.27" over that time period. It would mean that in order to reach normal by the last day in February we would need 5.73" during the last 10 days of the month. It would seem highly unlikely that would occur and it points out just how dry conditions are in our area. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture drought monitor indicates that all of eastern North Carolina is abnormally dry. The growing season begins in a few short weeks and lack of subsoil moisture will be a problem unless above normal rainfall occurs over the next month. We'll continue to follow the situation and give an update over the next two weeks.