Recent rainfall has helped out the ongoing drought for much of ENC

Recent rainfall has helped out the ongoing drought for much of ENC

Most of ENC out of the short-lived drought

With the start of the new month and the spring season that is underway, most of Eastern North Carolina saw more rain in the first nine days of the month, compared to the first two months of 2024. As a result of this, much of ENC is now out of the short-lived drought. The only exception that is under the moderate drought is as sliver of Lenoir and Pitt Counties, and parts of Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Martin, Pitt, Onslow, and Wayne Counties are in an abnormally dry category.

As of the latest drought monitor for Eastern North Carolina, much of the area has seen an improvement from recent rain makers this month. (WITN Weather)

As of the latest drought monitor for Eastern North Carolina, much of the area has seen an improvement from recent rain makers this month. (WITN Weather) (maxuser/)

Since the start of March, most of ENC has witnessed anywhere from 2-6″ inches of rain, with a few higher amounts along and east of the Outer Banks, with Cape Hatteras picking up nearly 9.00″ inches, doubling its totals from January and February combined. The first two months of 2024 saw 3.71″ of rain, making it the fourth wettest March in history.

Since the start of March, several of our local towns have received from 3-8 inches of rain.  (WITN Weather)

Since the start of March, several of our local towns have received from 3-8 inches of rain. (WITN Weather) (maxuser/)

As we go forward into time, we could see additional rainfall this weekend, with amounts ranging from 0.25″-0.50″ of rain. Areas along the coast could see more rain than those inland, adding on more to the monthly totals for March. If the rate of constant rain continues, Cape Hatteras could reach the all time wettest March in history this month.

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