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Recent Rainfall Improves Drought Conditions In ENC

US Drought Monitor of North Carolina

The recent rains have improved drought conditions across the region, although most of Eastern North Carolina still remains abnormally dry.  According to the latest North Carolina Drought Advisory released Thursday, Columbus County is the only county in severe drought.  Nearly 30 counties in southeastern North Carolina and the Piedmont region are in a moderate drought. Those counties include Johnston, Onslow, Pender, Robeson and New Hanover counties. 

According to the assessment period ending June 8th, groundwater wells at most coastal sites have risen to near-or above-normal levels in response to the recent rainfall.

Eastern North Carolina has received several inches of rain over the past week. The National Weather Service's forecast calls for rain through at least Saturday night.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.