The first true cool snap of the fall season arrived across eastern Carolina on Monday. Temperatures struggled to get out of the 50s in most inland communities. Coastal residents still had temperatures in the lower 70s during the afternoon but it will cool down on Tuesday. Average temperatures during the first week of October range in the middle to upper 70s in the afternoon and drop into the 50s at night. Later in the week we will see highs return to the 70s and it is possible we could see 80° by early next week.
It continues to be a quiet tropical season across our area. We've seen another active tropical season with 15 named tropical systems. The good news about this year is that most of the storms stayed well out to sea and did not impact the United States. Isaac did impact the Gulf Coast states as a minimal hurricane but no major storms moved our way. There is still a slight chance that another storm could impact the United States. The most likely target would be Florida or the Gulf Coast if another one develops. The official end to the tropical season is November 30. Let's hope it stays quiet around here.