The lack of rainfall continues to plague all of the state of North Carolina with the mountains and southeastern sections having the most problems.
The mountains and southeastern sections are about 20 to 24 inches below normal while the Piedmont is about 8 to 12 inches below normal. Overall it means that North Carolina has only received about 50% to 75% of the normal rainfall over the past year. The extreme to exceptional drought now covers about 85% of the state. Stream flows across central North Carolina are below normal, with some streams as low as 10% of normal. Local research conducted by the National Weather Service and North Carolina State Climate Office indicate the state needs 13 to 16 inches of rain by April and up to 26 inches by July if we are to avoid severe consequences during the summer.