The concern about the drought that wreaked havoc on eastern North Carolina for the past few years has diminished as more showers continue to move into the area. The normal for the period January 1 through June 10 is around 20 inches. Last year we had received around 18 inches by this date. This year we've had between 20 and 21 inches of rain. No doubt we've had the best spring rainfall in several years. It appears the wetter trend will continue. Weather patterns across the world are considerably different this year than I've seen in several years. The type of pattern I'm seeing would suggest periodic showers through the summer months. The warming of the Pacific Ocean equatorial waters, combined with some slight cooling in the Atlantic Ocean, suggests a wetter summer. I'm sure that drought conditions will return at some later point in time but it doesn't appear it will happen this year.
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