A tranquil weather pattern is expected across eastern Carolina for the week ahead. Afternoon highs will average in the upper 60s with lows in the 40s. Election Day will have afternoon highs in the middle 60s. Temperatures will hit the lower to middle 70s by Wednesday and Thursday. A cold front will approach the area Thursday which will increase clouds and give us a threat for showers. The front will sweep off the coast Thursday evening followed by cooler and drier air for Friday and the weekend. It appears the overall pattern is moving into a transitional phase from fall to winter. The very cold air is still bottled up well to the north and doesn't show signs of moving into our area at least for the next two weeks.
The tropics remain quiet as we head into the last four weeks of the season. We've seen 12 named storms with only two that have become hurricanes. We have not seen any major hurricanes during the season. It would be the first year since 1994 with no major hurricanes unless one develops in the final few weeks. A major hurricane is defined as reaching category 3 status or higher.