Drier conditions are finally coming to eastern Carolina after a wet summer. The WITN Weather Station has received almost 43 inches of rain so far this year, with nearly 19 inches falling since June 1. Rainfall for the year is running about 7 to 8 inches above normal. For most farmers it has been a great season and it has certainly kept the lawns greener than usual. As we move into that season of harvest it appears we'll finally see a dry week. In fact, clear nights and sunny days are expected through Friday and it may linger into the weekend. Temperatures will feel a bit like autumn during the early morning hours with lows in the middle to upper 50s for the next few nights. Sunny skies with highs in the lower to middle 80s can be expected by Thursday and Friday. We may see a shower or two by the end of the weekend but this week will likely be the longest dry spell we've seen since summer began.
Meanwhile, we have two named storms in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and another one may form in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean during the next couple of days. There is little or no chance any of these storms will have much impact on our area, which is the most likely time of the year for hurricanes to threaten our area. The good news is that it will finally give our area a chance to dry out just a bit.