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NC clear of dry conditions for first time in 3 years

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North Carolina is not experiencing drought or abnormally dry conditions for the first time in three years.

Rainfall from Tropical Storm Andrea and other storm systems helped eliminate lingering dry conditions in the eastern part of the state.

April 20, 2010 is the last time the North Carolina drought map was clear.

"Recent rains have brought relief to the lingering dry conditions in eastern North Carolina," said Bob Stea, chairman of the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council. "Streams, groundwater and soil moisture levels have greatly improved and are near longer-term averages."

While we are clear of dry conditions, drought officials say they cannot forecast what the summer months will bring.

"North Carolina's rainfall becomes more difficult to forecast, as well as less reliable, during the summer months," said Michael Moneypenny, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Raleigh and a member of the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council. "Weather systems are typically weaker and the bulk of our rainfall comes from scattered shower and thunderstorm activity that pops up during the heat of the day."

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