A new report issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Department of Agriculture indicate that abnormally dry conditions have returned to much of North Carolina. Soil conditions improved dramatically during the winter and spring as intermittent showers hit the area. Portions of eastern North Carolina received heavy rainfall at the end of last week but many areas missed out. Consequently, the hot, summer sun has increased evaporation levels to the point that surface soil conditions have become fairly dry. The good news is that we should see some showers and thunderstorms scattered around for the next several days. The chances each day should be near 30%. The longer term looks even better as a normal to above normal rainfall pattern is expected into the fall and winter.