Another Bout Of Heavy Rain Coming

By: WITN Weather
By: WITN Weather

El Nino is recognized for heavy rain in the Southeast and this one is living up to its reputation.

Eastern North Carolina is getting ready for another good soaking.  It seems like we've seen one soaking after another since last fall.  The increase in rainfall is almost tied directly to the equatorial Pacific Ocean warming called El Nino.  The warming started late in the summer and reached a peak in December.  Since December, El Nino has decreased slightly in strength and should weaken further over the next few months.  Still, it is expected to continue giving the Southeast above normal rainfall through the winter and early spring.  So far temperatures have stayed too warm for snow but that may not be the case as we move into February.  Colder air is likely to pay a long visit to our area as we move into February.  I'll have more information on that over the coming weeks. 

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  • by Nicole Location: SwanQuarter, NC on Jan 24, 2010 at 04:36 PM
    I really wish it would snow...but hate the thunderstorms. Stay away!!!
  • by Lesley Location: Windsor, NC on Jan 21, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    Bring on the snowstorms in February and March!! I really want some snowcream and make a snowman with my twin girls.
  • by Brandon Location: ENC on Jan 21, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    I strongly agree. Very frigid air is piling up near Siberia and Northern Canada. The latest models indicate a Greenland Block setting up, pushing the arctic air back into North Carolina around February 3-8th and get this, it may stay through the entire month into March! At the same time, El Nino will continue to flex its muscle, and we could end up with good chances for snow in February.

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