Rain may dampen outdoor events in the Triangle this weekend, but it also could help ameliorate a moderate drought that grips the region.
Until Thursday night, less than an inch of rain had fallen at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in September, about 2.5 inches less than normal. Parts of the Triangle have been in a moderate drought since August, according to the weekly reports from the N.C. Drought Monitor.
In addition to rainfall, the drought monitor takes into account factors such as stream flow, groundwater levels and soil moisture to determine the severity of a drought.
A storm moving up the coast is expected to pump moisture into North Carolina, making for a damp, cloudy weekend. The rain will be heaviest Friday and Saturday, but could extend into Sunday, according to ABC11 and the National Weather Service.