The United States has officially had the 3rd warmest summer since 1880. Only the summers of 1998 and 2010 were hotter. The Midwest and Plains were extremely hard hit with drought and that seemed to intensify the heat during June, July and the first half of August. Cooler air arrived recently and that has kept temperatures slightly below the hottest of all time. Regardless, it was a summer to remember for much of our country.
Eastern Carolina suffered with the heat as well but not quite as bad as the Midwest. Temperatures in June and July were well above normal but occasional showers and thunderstorms tempered the heat on many afternoons and evenings. Rainfall has been above normal since June and that has given many farmers a bountiful harvest as we head deeper into the fall.
We've also been able to miss all the major tropical systems this year. Most tropical activity in our area occurs between mid-August and mid-October so only a few more weeks remain. At this point it appears there will be no significant threats for the next week to 10 days. I'm sure many of us would prefer no threats through the end of the season.