No dry conditions across N.C.

Posted December 10, 2009 4:08 p.m. EST
Updated December 10, 2009 4:34 p.m. EST

— For the first time in almost three years, no North Carolina county is experiencing drought or abnormally dry conditions, officials said Thursday.

The latest color-coded map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows normal conditions across the state. The last time North Carolina experienced normal conditions statewide was Jan. 30, 2007.

The state experienced a record-setting drought from the summer of 2007 to the spring of 2008, and some counties were slow to recover. The last counties moving from abnormally dry conditions to normal conditions this week were in the Sandhills, where the groundwater table was finally replenished, according to the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The past month has been unusually wet across North Carolina, with many locations experiencing record-setting rainfall amounts, officials said. Based on preliminary data from the state climatologist at North Carolina State University, the one-month period ending Dec. 9 was the wettest on record for this time of the year for many areas.

Wake County saw more than twice the average rainfall in November, which was enough to lift the county out of drought status a week ago.