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A photograph of a backyard rain gauge with more than 4 inches of water in it.

Drought Diminishes After Early June Deluges

At this time last month, drought had just emerged in North Carolina, and it was expected to expand and intensify even more by the end...
A map of 30-day percent of normal precipitation for North Carolina

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Drought

Moderate Drought conditions emerged in southeastern North Carolina last week, which was a rude reminder that it’s been a while since we’ve dealt with drought....

A Tale of Weather Transitions in 2017

Today, we’ll catch you up on last year’s weather storylines in North Carolina, and discuss just how extreme the past year was for our state....

After Irma, Dry Weather Dominates in September

Our latest climate summary takes a focused look at the recent dry conditions across much of the state. Despite increasing activity in the tropics last...

Extreme Heat Stays Away to Start the Summer

After a hot, wet spring, June was a bit cooler and slightly drier across much of the state. Below-Average Afternoon Highs Drive a Cool Month...

Rapid Reaction: An Unusual Event for NC Drought Monitoring

It’s a tradition so well-established that you might not even know it happens. Every Thursday morning, the US Drought Monitor’s weekly assessment of conditions becomes...

Rapid Reaction: Drought Intensifies in Western NC

While eastern North Carolina continues to recover from record flooding after Hurricane Matthew, western North Carolina remains in a persistent drought. Extreme Drought (D3), the...