April showers bring May flowers as the old rhyme goes, and that certainly was the case this year too. Despite long dry stretches in May, we did see our fair share of rain, and it tended to come in buckets. In Greenville, we ended the month with nearly an inch more than average. Tropical storm Ana, the second earliest land falling tropical system on record in the U.S., brought a good chunk of that rain. Although just over 3 inches fell in Greenville, some places saw over 5 inches from the storm. Ana caused only minor damage, and flooding was the biggest impact. Some places in Kinston reported over 6 inches of rain from Ana, which did cause minor flooding.
Temperatures for the most part were pretty close to what you’d expect in May in the East. The first of the month was unusually chilly, but then the heat was on. The average temperature for May in Greenville was about two degrees above the 30 year climate average.
Looking ahead to June, the summer-like heat we’ve seen the past few days looks to back off a little bit, as the big heat builds in the western part of the country. It will also be unsettled at times with disturbances and cold fronts dropping in, at least for the next two weeks. There are signs that high pressure and searing heat will try to build back east at some point during the second half of the month.