One benefit of a rainy February is that it brought an end to the moderate drought that covered most of the Triangle since the fall.
The region is still abnormally dry, according to the latest map released by the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday, despite more than four inches of rain (and a bit of snow) during the past month.
More than 10 inches of rain a little more than normal have fallen at Raleigh-Durham International Airport since the Triangle slipped into a moderate drought in the last week of November.
A moderate drought is the least severe of four levels of drought. In addition to rainfall, the U.S. Drought Monitor takes into account factors such as stream flow, groundwater levels and soil moisture to determine the severity of a drought.
For the latest conditions and updated forecasts, go to our weather center.