Weekend Rain Helped, But Much More Needed To Ease Drought In some Areas Of NC

The remnants of Tropical Depression Barry helped replenish a bit of North Carolina's water table and add some green to dry foliage over the weekend.

But weather officials say much more rain is needed to improve drought conditions across the state.

Brandon Locklear is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. He says the storm brought a steady rain so the ground was able to absorb a lot of it without much runoff.

Local government officials have taken water conservation measures to help offset drought conditions affecting more than three-fourths of the state. The worst of it is in the mountains.

But western North Carolina received the smallest benefit from the weekend storm, with barely any rainfall recorded in Asheville.

Some good news though: More showers are expected in the coming
days.


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