Showers are finally back in the forecast for the next few days after one of the worst droughts in North Carolina's history. Rainfall for 2007 ranged between 10 and 20 inches below normal for much of the state and it has remained dry since January 1. A weather pattern shift seems to be taking place over the next week which will drive the storm track from the Midwest into the Southeast. This kind of pattern is more favorable for moisture as low pressure tries to develop over the Gulf of Mexico and spreads moisture northward. The first chance for rain will occur late Thursday into Friday along and ahead of a strong cold front. Another round of rain could develop on Sunday as low pressure develops along the Southeast coast. This shower activity will not end the drought but any rainfall at this point would be helpful for the state's rivers and reservoirs.