GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- The pattern that typically brings dry
weather to North Carolina and the rest of the Southeast is
Add the La Nina to a year that already looks to be among the
driest ever adds a dire forecast to the ongoing drought in North
At of the end of November, the Triad area has seen just 76 days
with precipitation. The region is on track to break the record for
fewest days in a year.
In the Triangle area, rainfall is down 8.75 inches from normal
at this time of year.
A typical year might have 113 days with precipitation. The
weather service says that translates to a month's worth of rainy
In what might be compared to a chain reaction, cold water
upwelling off the coast of South America lowers the temperature of
water elsewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
That redirects the jet stream across North America. That makes
it wet in the Pacific Northwest and near the Great Lakes and dry in
the Southwest and Southeast.