Eastern North Carolina has been hit with intermittent showers and thunderstorms throughout June and July. The weather records indicate that in July the WITN Weather Station has received over 8 inches of rain. Over the past 30 years the 8 inches of rainfall in July is not unusual but we've seen some very dry summers over the past few years. The recent rainfall has ended the drought even though much of the area is still considered abnormally dry. There have been some positive aspects from the increased rainfall. Area farmers and gardeners have seen plant growth really take off this year. At this point most areas look green and lush. Even the backyard gardener is gathering some nice vegetables. Lawns are green and growing fast this year. More showers are in the forecast and that should keep things green for quite a while.