The summer forecast was released from the Climate Prediction Center last week and it appears there will be lots of heat this summer. Above-normal temperatures are likely for most of the western U.S., along the Gulf Coast, and for the Eastern Seaboard from Florida to New England. Rainfall is expected to be near average for much of the country, except for the Pacific Northwest which is expected to be dry. Florida and portions of the Southwest should see wet conditions. Eastern North Carolina should have a near normal summer as far as temperatures and rainfall is concerned. After two years of drought it would be a relief to finally get showers from time to time. The increase in shower activity should hold temperatures very close to normal for June, July and August.