Heavy rains bring end to drought across North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The latest report from state monitor shows North Carolina is officially drought free.

A map issued Thursday by the state Drought Management Advisory Council showed all 100 counties to be clear of any drought advisories.

Last week, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties were listed in severe drought, while several western counties, including Buncombe, Haywood and Henderson, were in moderate drought. The week before that, nearly all of western North Carolina had been in severe drought.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/1VHm10r) that since Jan. 1, 34.34 inches of rain have fallen at Asheville Regional Airport, which is now only 1.8 inches below normal. So far in October, the National Weather Service says 3.74 inches of rain has been recorded at the airport. That's 3.02 inches above normal.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com