WILMINGTON, NC (AP) - Eastern North Carolina remains very dry despite two recent outbreaks of severe weather. It does appear the area will have some rain chances over the next week but rainfall will be mostly light and scattered.
The largest rainfall deficits in the region stretch from approximately Wilmington to New Bern. On average the deficit is around a half foot for 2011. Most of the eastern half of North Carolina from Raleigh eastward is running a deficit that averages three to five inches for 2011.
The situation is better in the western half of North Carolina to northwest South Carolina. Minor rainfall deficits are found on average here of one to two inches. Asheville currently is reporting a surplus of about a half inch.
At this point Wilmington's rainfall deficit is running just a bit ahead of May 2010. An extremely dry summer brought moderate to extreme drought conditions to the area before a massive rain event at the end of September last year.
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