As of 5 pm on Monday, May 14, 2012 - Water officials updated the rainfall deficit from about 4 inches to 2.28 inches.
Last week, 53 counties, mainly in the central and southern parts of the state, are under the moderate drought category, which is the least severe form of drought. Abnormally dry conditions are affecting 35 counties in both the eastern and western regions of the state.
This included Guilford, Davidson, Randolph and Alamance counties.
Drought experts say our water levels are not a big concern, especially with more rain in the forecast.
"And I would be surprised if our lakes don't meet full pool or even spill over our dams a couple of days out," said Steven Drew, Greensboro Water Resources Department.
Due to a dry winter season, state and local water resources agencies will keep an eye on both the rivers and lakes levels. These conditions could get worse without above normal rainfall in the coming months, especially when the summer temperature rises.
For more information, visit www.ncdrought.org/