It took a while but eastern Carolina is now experiencing typical summer weather. Overnight lows have been averaging close to 70° with afternoon highs well into the 80s. Temperatures may actually surge into the 90s by the middle of this week. Another cold front could bring some scattered storms by late Thursday only to be followed by slightly cooler and drier air as we head into the weekend.
What kind of summer can we expect? We've certainly seen a significant change in the weather pattern over the past couple of weeks. It looks like we'll swing back and forth this summer between quick shots of hot air followed by scattered thunderstorms and slightly cooler conditions. Overall, I expect the summer to be near normal on temperatures with at or above normal rainfall. It should mean a good growing season for our agricultural interests. Of course, we'll have to keep our eyes on the tropics. Andrea was a reminder that eastern Carolina is vulnerable to these storms.