After months and months of dry weather, it looks like we are finally going to get some rain in the Carolinas. Many western locations have not seen measurable rainfall since Saturday, October 8th, 2016. That’s over 50 days without measurable rainfall. Now some locations have picked up a few hundredths of an inch. Morganton, NC picked up 0.02” on November 9th, Spartanburg, SC picked up 0.07” on November 13th, Moncks Corner, SC picked up 0.07” on November 14th, Greensboro, NC saw 0.06” on November 24th, and Wilson, NC picked up 0.10” on November 25th.
We are finally starting to see a change in the weather pattern. The jet stream, for the past few months, has been lackluster in tapping into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. We are starting to see the polar jet stream dip and the subtropical jet stream rise up just a tad from the south, which is allowing approaching storm systems to tap into the rich gulf moisture and draw it northward. Two storms systems are set to affect the Carolinas and give us some much needed rainfall.
Widespread 2-4” of rain is possible in the Mountains and Foothills of North Carolina and South Carolina. A few locations in those favored up-slope areas could see as much as 5 inches. 1-2” of rain is possible in the Piedmont areas of North Carolina and South Carolina. Up to 1” is possible along the Coastal Plain areas of North and South Carolina. This will not bring areas out of the drought, but it will put a dent into the substantial precipitation deficits.
There are a few reminders we would like to pass along as the rain looks to fall over the area.
Give yourself some extra time while traveling!
Make sure you have a safe a distance between you and the car in front of you.
When your wipers are on, your headlights should be on.