The weather across eastern North Carolina appears to be going into a seasonable pattern over the next two weeks. Extreme conditions have been persistent for the last nine months including last summer's drought before it was dented by Hurricane Irene. In fact, Irene brought 3 months of rain in 24 hours for folks that lived near or along Highway 17. The past fall and winter brought almost record-breaking warmth to the area. The past March was the warmest March ever recorded going back to the late 1800s.
So what can we expect over the coming weeks? It looks like we'll see a seasonable pattern of temperatures and rainfall. There will be a good chance for showers Wednesday and another decent shot at rainfall will likely develop by the middle of next week. It will be great news for gardeners, farmers and those that like a green lawn. Longer-range models suggest a normal rainfall pattern is likely this year. If so, we won't hear much about a drought this year.