DROUGHT UPDATE: Eastern North Carolina is now classified as abnormally dry, due to lack of rainfall

DROUGHT UPDATE: Eastern North Carolina is now classified as abnormally dry, due to lack of rainfall

Drier conditions have expanded as of latest update

As we have begun the summer season, it is no surprise how dry it has been this month. Since the start of June, most areas are behind at least 2.00″-4.00″ inches of rain and more of the dry conditions are likely to continue as we wrap up this month. The last time we were this behind was back in April when we saw anywhere from 1.00″-2.00″ in the spring season.

Last week's drought monitor update showed a small percentage covered in ENC.

Last week’s drought monitor update showed a small percentage covered in ENC.

Since the last drought monitor update from the week of June 13, only parts of Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, and Pamlico counties were in abnormally dry conditions, as well as parts of the northern Outer Banks regions and along the Albemarle Sound locations. Since last week’s update, the entire ENC area has been classified in an abnormally dry spell. This lack of rainfall comes as many farmers and planters are growing crops for the fall season, which can harm the ground soil levels and make things dry out quickly.

As of the latest drought update, most are under what is classified as abnormally dry conditions.

As of the latest drought update, most are under what is classified as abnormally dry conditions.

Since the start of the year and June, many locations are running below 3.00″-6.00″ for the entire year. As of June 1, Greenville and New Bern are under 0.50″ of rain for the month. Rainfall is forecasted as we go into next week, but those showers and storms will be more on the scattered to isolated variety and will not cure the ongoing dry spell we are in at this time.

Since the start of June 2024, many have been lacking rainfall across Eastern North Carolina.

Since the start of June 2024, many have been lacking rainfall across Eastern North Carolina.

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