Drought conditions ramping up slowly across ENC

Below average 30-day rainfall across the board has left many teetering towards drought
Published: May. 14, 2021 at 10:06 PM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 2:08 PM EDT
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Drought Conditions in North Carolina
Drought Conditions in North Carolina(WITN)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Over the past 30 days, all Eastern Carolina counties have registered below average rainfall. During this time period, our month long rainfall totals register anywhere between 0.5″ to 3.9″, which for most areas is less than 50% of what we usually see this time of year. Since the beginning of March, Greenville weather records indicate we’ve accumulated only 6.42″ of rain for the spring season. This is more than three inches below the average of 9.81″. It doesn’t sound like a huge difference but lawns, farm fields, and flowers certainly notice the lack of water. If you planted your garden or threw down new grass seed, you’ll be watering by hand for the rest of the forecast period.

We only have two small chances for rain in the next eight days. Those small chances come today and tomorrow. High pressure is expected to build across the East through the second half of the week, directing us back towards a dry pattern. The arrival of the humidity and summer time heat this upcoming weekend should prompt a few isolated heat-generated thunderstorms, a trend we’ll see more often as temperatures rise through the summer months. Until that trend fully develops, you may be best served by watering your plants via hose/sprinkler.

Dry conditions taking over since March
Dry conditions taking over since March(witn)

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