Eastern Carolina has seen a very different summer this year. I've heard many explanations but I feel that changes in the oceans have made the largest difference. The Pacific Ocean temperatures have changed with a gradual shift underway from La Nina to El Nino. That shift has encouraged a trough of low pressure to develop and remain persistent across Eastern North America. A large factor as well seems to be what is happening in the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean temperatures are above normal near the East Coast and is rich with moisture. Maybe another factor is that we were overdue for a wet summer after recently enduring some dry ones. Mother Nature has a way of averaging out over time. After all, we usually receive about 12 inches rain from July 1 to August 31.
Our next major concern will be the tropics. Activity usually begins picking up by the middle of August and remains fairly active into September. For now it remains rather quiet but I feel like we'll see a couple of storms develop by the end of the month. We certainly don't need a hurricane after such a wet summer for much of the area. Otherwise, the weather looks fairly tranquil this week.