rainfall WNC Mountain Wrings Out A New Record By Helen Chickering • Jul 11, 2019 Listen Listening... / 2:03 2018 was the wettest year on record in North Carolina. Now a new report finds during that very wet year, a spot in Western North Carolina broke a rainfall record. BPR’s Helen Chickering reports. Drought Creeps Eastward From NC Mountains By Rebecca Martinez • Jun 27, 2016 Summer has brought moderate-to-severe drought conditions to 14 counties in the southwest corner of the state. The area usually sees about an inch of rain per week, but not so this year, according to State Climatologist Rebecca Ward.