By this time of the year in Eastern Carolina, we should be seeing temperatures well into the 90s on a consistent basis. Yes we have seen 90s from time to time, but for the most part we've been running below normal, and it's been wetter than normal, keeping our temperatures in check. The reason for this "cooler" pattern is an unusually strong jetstream for this time of year. On a regular basis a trough of low pressure has dipped into the Mid-Atlantic region, not only cooling us down with rain showers, but severe weather on a more regular basis than normal. Case in point, July 17th when we had an EF-0 tornado near Washington in Beaufort county, along with numerous hail and wind reports. This type of weather usually ceases after May into early June.
The longer range models are showing more of the same pattern with another trough of low pressure for next week across our region, which will spell more rain, slightly cooler than normal temperatures, and perhaps another chance of severe weather.
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