Wet Weather Pattern in the Southeast to Continue

For the past three weeks or so, the state of North Carolina has been drought-free, reportedly for the first time in over three years. Dr. Ryan Boyles, NC State Climatologist explains that’s not the whole story:

“Its not the first time that we haven’t had drought in the past three years. We have been drought free during other periods but we have always had this lingering dryness in some part of the state. This is the first time in three years that we are not concerned with dryness in any part of the state. There are a few areas along the coast that run a little dry, but we don’t see any concerns.”

Our neighbors to the south have been in severe or extreme drought for almost three years, and Boyles explains that South Carolina and Georgia are also drought free:

“The same storm tracks that have brought us relief have done the same for them. All of SC is drought free. There is a hint of dryness in GA, but really across the southeast there is no drought during a time when we are usually concerned about drought impact. Last year we missed out on a lot and had just enough moisture to keep NC out of drought. SC and GA really suffered last year, this year they are also in good shape.”

In fact, in North Carolina, some areas have experienced record-breaking rainfall totals in either May, June or both:

“We are seeing several locations, especially in the high spots, that are running ten inches above normal for the month of June. Martin County is six inches, New Bern County three inches above normal. In the west there is wide spread 4-6” above normal for the month.”

Boyles has said time and again that summer is the most difficult, even near impossible time of year to issue a long term weather outlook, but we’re going to ask anyway; is this wet weather pattern going to continue, or is the faucet about to be turned off:

“For the next few weeks we will continue to stay on the wet side. Beyond that its anyone’s guess. What happens in one given week is not an indicator for what is to come. We could suddenly shift, but if we did, there is so much water in the system that we would be ok.”

North Carolina State Climatologist Dr. Ryan Boyles.


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