For the first time in more than two years, no part of North Carolina is experiencing drought.
Thursday’s federal drought map shows that above average rainfall in recent months has saturated the state, most notably in 14 mountain counties that had been the only areas experiencing drought, according to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Fifty-three counties remain abnormally dry, which means an area could return to drought without adequate rainfall.
The drought of 2007-08 was the worst in North Carolina since recordkeeping began in 1895.
The drought started Feb. 13, 2007, creeping from the mountains to the coast as a lack of rainfall depleted streamflows and reservoirs to record low levels.
The drought prompted many towns to enact mandatory and voluntary water conservation restrictions and helped bring about a state law that makes state and local officials better prepared to respond to future droughts.
To see or download a copy of the drought map, go to the state’s official drought Web site, www.ncdrought.org.