WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Even with some recent rains, the drought still goes on across Southeastern North Carolina. The U.S. Drought Monitor released it's weekly report this morning, which still featured a bullseye over the Cape Fear region.
This morning's report still puts 10.5% of the state in an "Extreme Drought" compared to 12.4% last week. This area includes all of New Hanover, Pender and Onslow counties. The main change from last week is that southern and central Brunswick and Columbus counties were downgraded from "Extreme Drought" to "Severe Drought".
Many areas saw heavy rains of up to 2 to 3 inches on Monday into Tuesday. While this is helpful, the rainfall deficit is still substantial. In Wilmington, the latest numbers show that this year's rainfall tally falls over 13 inches shy of normal.
- Meteorologist Tim Buckley