The Rain Keeps Coming

By: WITN Weather
By: WITN Weather

Rainfall has surpassed the yearly average at the WITN Weather Station.

It has been a wet year across much  of eastern North Carolina.  Typically, we need tropical systems to produce above normal rainfall but not this year.  A series of storms coming out of the Gulf of Mexico have produced considerable rainfall throughout the late summer and fall.  The storm systems have been energized by a stronger southern stream this year.  The stronger stream is primarily the result of El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean.  El Nino usually develops every 4 to 5 years and tends to increase rainfall across the southern United States during the late fall and winter.  So far just over 55 inches of rain has fallen at the WITN Weather Station.  Last year at this time only 38 inches had fallen.  The yearly average from January 1 through December 9 is about 48 inches so we are about 7 inches above normal for the year.  We are likely to see more rainfall over the next few months so keep those umbrellas handy.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    Will we have any snow soon? I keep praying for it.
  • by Let It Snow Location: Grimesland on Dec 15, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    What really has to happen to make all of this rain turn into snow?
  • by Temus Location: Stokes on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    I recorded over eight inches of rain last month, and I have well over four inches in December already. The moisture keeps coming, it gets colder= SNOW
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