It's tough to ignore the drought conditions that have been plaguing the area since the start of May. In terms of total rainfall, July was a bit better with a few, a few locations hitting their July average. This month has started out "better" than June & July with a couple August days even being dubbed "a washout" or a "grab a book and find a couch" afternoon.
Unfortunately, despite the soakings, most locations are still below average and not making a dent in the rainfall deficient for the year. Of course, we don't have a rain gauge at every location in the area so the numbers in the video reflect official observations taken at airports and National Weather Service sites. These sites also have the largest data sets and help highlight drought conditions going back a number of years.
The drought monitor map will be updated on Thursday morning and with the recent rains (especially through Onslow county) I think we will finally see a shift in colors. Feel free to click on the video portion to see where we are in terms of total rainfall for the month and year.
We will be entering peak hurricane season over the next week. During this time, every tropical wave will be closely monitored as well as any organization off the Florida coast. While the official start of the hurricane season is June, the middle of August through September presents changes to the Atlantic ocean that make hurricane development "easier" and more frequent. It is a combination of sea surface temperatures (positive variations) as well as a shift in the pressure patterns.
On satellite two African waves are already starting to form a cluster of thunderstorms and the long-range models want to continue to push them across the Atlantic. I'll post a picture of what I'm referring to. On the graphic you will want to locate two deep red colors. Who knows, this time next week we could be talking about Franklin and Gert.
Rainfall Data: http://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/climate/climdiv.php