The summer of 2012 remains humid and wet across eastern Carolina. After suffering through an intense drought last summer, we've seen a dramatic difference in the weather pattern this year. The current weather pattern encourages a deep, rich tropical flow of moisture into our area. We've also seen several cold front push into the area then become stationary. The presence of the fronts combined with the moisture has led to numerous showers and thunderstorms over the past several weeks. Many locations received 6 to 8 inches of rain in July and there seems to be no letup during the first week of August.
Agriculture has benefited greatly from the increased rainfall during the summer. Gardens and lawns look better than usual due to the enhanced rainfall. Of course, too much rain can be a curse as well and we'll have to see how the remainder of the summer and fall turn out. More rain is in the forecast this week as a stalled front will cause locally heavy showers in some locations.
The tropics became active over the weekend but are beginning to calm down. Tropical Storm Florence has now been downgraded to a remnant low with little chance for re-development over the next few days. Tropical Storm Ernesto will move into Central America during the midweek and will stay well south of the United States. Elsewhere, little or no development is expected for the remainder of the week.
The beaches should have another nice week as long as you're willing to dodge a few showers.