Wilmington, NC (WECT) -- Rains over the past weekend have helped alleviate the dry conditions that have persisted through the first few months of 2009. Before this weekends rains, rainfall defeicts were approaching 8 inches for the year. This past weekend, heavy soaking rain fell, with as much as 2 and a half inches of rain reported for most locations.
Wilmington International Airport officially reported 2.62" of rainfall from the weekends rains. Portions of Pender County reported rain totals as high as 3.30 inches. While locations to the west didn't see quite as much rain (such as Lumberton or Elizabethtown), those locations didn't have quite the deficit that the coastal stations were reporting. Sea-breeze initiated and enhanced thudnerstorms have kept Columbus, Robeson and Bladen Counties relatively wet over the past several weeks.
The rainfall deficit now sits at about 5 and a half inches for the year (As of May 20, 2009). However, recent rains have brought most area soil to near saturated levels.