DROUGHT UPDATE: ENC drought on the rise

Now have increasing areas of both Abnormally Dry & Moderate Dry conditions
Drought Update (3.31.2023)
Drought Update (3.31.2023)(WITN)
Published: Mar. 30, 2023 at 2:45 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Eastern North Carolina continues to see drought conditions on the rise and this is according to the latest Drought Monitor Report by the National Integrated Drought Information System.

The latest report states that 57.9% of the Tarheel State is currently considered “Abnormally Dry” or D0. While another 2.4% is listed as “Moderate Drought” or D1, particularly parts of Pender and Onslow counties along with the counties surrounding the Albemarle Sound.

There are five different drought categories that an area can fall into. While “Abnormally Dry” is the lowest level of drought, dry conditions can result in dry pastures, mild crop stress, and increased irrigation. As for “Moderate Drought,” there’s also an increased risk for wildfires, lake and reservoirs have lower levels, and further crop stress.

ENC has seen rain over the past few weeks, but most rounds just haven’t delivered beneficial rain. According to the New Bern climate site, rainfall is around 1.47″ below average for March and 1.93″ for the year.

The next drought report will be released on Thursday, April 6, 2023.

Here’s how the drought conditions have changed since the late report: CLICK HERE!