Rain helps, but drought lingers in WNC

Rain helps, but drought lingers in WNC.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Despite recent April showers, all of Western North Carolina remains in at least some category of drought.
The newest drought monitor came out Thursday morning, but it doesn’t show any change from last week even though the area has had rain.
The discrepancy is mostly because the drought monitor is compiled on Tuesday mornings, even though it’s released on Thursdays.
And more than half of the area’s rain this week fell after Tuesday morning.
According to the latest information, WNC remains in either moderate or severe drought.
But more counties, including most of Buncombe, are now in the lowest category of drought — moderately dry.
Most of the Upstate is in moderate drought, but there is still a sliver of extreme drought across Cconee and Pickens counties.
There should be some improvement on the drought monitor next week thanks to the recent showers and rain that is in forecast for the weekend.

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