The weather pattern across eastern North Carolina has been conducive to showers and thunderstorms for the past couple of months. This summer stands out in sharp contrast to last summer when it was dry and we had to wait until Hurricane Irene in August to get us out of the drought. While much of the nation is reeling from a major drought this summer, much of our area has seen a great growing season. The crops, gardens and lawns are in much better shape than the same time last year. A check on the rainfall at the WITN Weather Station indicated that we are running slightly ahead of normal as of July 17. Between January 1 and July 17 we should see about 26.50" but this year we've received almost 28 inches. Last year at the same time the station had gotten only 18 inches.
We've seen a more moist flow across the area and several cold fronts have stalled across the area. The unstable air and high summer temperatures have set off scattered storms on several days. There appears to be no change through the weekend. In fact, another cold front is expected to stall over our area late in the week and weekend giving all of us a good chance for more showers and storms.