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Rainy week ends state’s drought

A drought map posted Thursday no dry areas in North Carolina after a week of rain.
A drought map posted Thursday no dry areas in North Carolina after a week of rain. N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

North Carolina’s drought is over, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor map posted Thursday morning.

A week of rain solved a severe drought that, just a week ago, afflicted four counties west of Charlotte. Mecklenburg had been among 19 counties in moderate drought, the second of five drought stages.

Slow rains that intensified last weekend dumped 2 to 5 inches in the Charlotte region, boosting groundwater levels and stream flows. The southern coast got up to 20 inches of rain, state officials said.

The state received more than three months of rainfall in just one week, the North Carolina State Climate Office reported.

Charlotte remains 4.3 inches below normal in rainfall for the year to date. But Thursday’s drought update marks the first time since May 5 that no part of the state shows no unusual dryness.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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