It seems like a shower arrives just when you think it may be drying out again. Our summer has seen consistent showers while areas of the Midwest have been baking in a severe to extreme drought. This week will be a continuation of what we've seen during the summer. More showers and thunderstorms can be expected with some locally heavy rainfall. It will be interspersed with sunshine and temperatures reaching well into the 80s each afternoon.
Since January 1, the WITN Weather Station has received almost 41 inches of rain. Even after Hurricane Irene hit eastern Carolina in late August last year, we had received about 42 inches by this date. Our normal rainfall by September 4th is about 35 inches. Some areas have gotten more than 50 inches with more on the way for all of us this week. Fortunately, we haven't seen a hurricane in our area because our saturated soils would cause the water to runoff quickly causing severe flooding. Of course, we still have several weeks before we can write off the tropical season.
In the meantime we'll have to endure those late summer showers through the week. It does appear that our first real change to fall-like conditions will occur early next week as a strong cold front finally pushes through eastern Carolina. We may see overnight temperatures fall into the upper 50s across inland communities by the middle of next week.