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An aerial photo of a bridge over water in eastern North Carolina

Our Curious Coast: Adaptation and Resilience

If this blog post series so far has taught us anything, it’s that in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain, the land has always been in a...
A photo of the Cape Fear River near Wilmington

Our Curious Coast: Rivers and Wetlands

You’d never confuse them for the rapid-filled rivers snaking through our Mountains, but the flat, straight rivers of the North Carolina Coastal Plain also have...
A satellite image showing the Outer Banks and Pamlico Sound

Our Curious Coast: The Ocean and Coastline

Simply taking a walk along one of North Carolina’s beaches is enough to show how shifting its sand truly is. As the fine grains shuffle...
A photo of corn growing in Pamlico County

Our Curious Coast: Soils and Agriculture

Drive or fly across the Coastal Plain and you’re sure to find farms of all forms. Many grow cash crops such as cotton, tobacco, and...
A photo of the sun over Albemarle Sound

Our Curious Coast: Geography and Coastal Climate

Parts of North Carolina’s coast offer the opportunity for a rare view, at least within the continental United States. Along the narrow Outer Banks, gazing...

Five Years Later, Five Lessons Learned from Matthew

It’s a rare storm that now stands out more for its similarities to, rather than its differences from, others in its era. Five years ago...
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....