Eastern North Carolina has endured very dry weather conditions over the past several weeks. The WITN Weather Station has received only .86" since May 1. The Station usually gets about 5.00" during that time period in a normal year. Of course, some locations have received more due to the scattered nature of showers and thunderstorms in the spring and summer. Regardless, much of the area is under a moderate to severe drought. The drought is causing considerable concern among those involved in agriculture. Many lawns have even turned brown over the past few weeks.
Some improvement in these conditions seems to be on the horizon. The major upper level ridge of high pressure that has controlled our pattern will temporarily break down late this week allowing a cool front to push into area and stall. Weak areas of low pressure should form along the front enhancing convergence and increasing atmospheric instability. Moisture will increase and it appears that most locations will receive significant rainfall by the weekend. The best chances appear to be Thursday and possibly again sometime over the weekend. It probably won't be enough to end the drought but whatever we do get will likely be welcomed by farmers, gardeners and homeowners trying to keep their grass and shrubs from dying.