Have you enjoyed the rain? As we are closing in on the end of January, we have seen something different in our weather patterns. It’s been quite wet around the Carolinas. We have seen a more active storm track that has allowed numerous storm systems move through the Southeast. We started off the New Year with three straight days of rainfall. Followed by another storm system that deposited snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain over the area. After our winter storm, we warmed up, but the active storm track continued. This past weekend (January 20th - 22nd) we saw another round of heavy rain throughout the area.
Most places in throughout North and South Carolina has picked up more than 3” of rainfall. Trenton, SC leads the way with 8.15” of rainfall, followed by Anderson, SC with 7.01” and Columbia, SC with 6.92” of rainfall. In North Carolina Banner Elk leads the way with 6.10” of rainfall, followed by Charlotte, NC at 5.71” and Greensboro, NC at 5.11” of rainfall.
This has really helped the Drought situation in both North and South Carolina. Back in November many places in North and South Carolina were facing severe to extreme drought conditions. I am sure you all remember the numerous wildfires that engulfed much of the Southeast. The latest drought monitor released today showed great news across the Carolinas.
North Carolina stats:
27.2 % of North Carolina is now in some sort of drought condition. That is down from 41% last week and 62% at the start of the New Year.
South Carolina Stats:
28.8% of South Carolina is now in some sort of drought condition. That is down from 60% last week and 75% at the start of the New Year.
So will the active storm track continue? How does the precipitation outlook fair for us?
The Climate Prediction Center shows the next month will be slightly below normal. As we look throughout the next three months, we continue to see a dry pattern. Let’s hope that’s not the case. Because Summer is normally a dry period for the area.
Thanks to these organizations for contributing to this article.
Climate Prediction Center : http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/
Southeast Climate Center: http://www.sercc.com/
Drought Monitor: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
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