The month of November was pretty average as far as temperatures go. In eastern North Carolina, the average monthly temperature is 65 degrees. This was indicative of what we saw across the east this month. Greenville’s actual average for the month was 65.8 degrees, while Kinston’s was 65.4 degrees. Washington and Williamston were slightly below average but not by a lot. Washington’s average for the month was 62.7 degrees while Williamston’s average November temperature was 63.9 degrees.
The real variety in the numbers comes in when we talk about the average rainfall data for the month of November. The average monthly total of rain for the month of November is around 3 inches. Since hurricane Matthew, eastern North Carolina, in addition to the western parts of our state has received very little rainfall. Unlike the western parts of North Carolina, eastern North Carolina is not in trouble of drought due to the inundation of water due to the amount of rain in September and hurricane Matthew.
The lack of rainfall is evident by the numbers that were recorded in various locations across the east. Greenville only received a little over 1 inch of rain for the month. Kinston and Washington received even less, about three quarters of an inch of rain. Williamston received more but was still far short of the average. Williamston received 1.71 inches of rain for the month of November.
While eastern North Carolina may not be in a drought now, Meteorologists are forecasting a La Niña pattern to set up. La Niña is a cooling of the equatorial Pacific Ocean waters. This phenomenon usually foretells of a warmer and drier winter across eastern North Carolina, and the southeastern United States for that matter. If this pattern sets up then we could see more drought conditions across the southeastern U.S, western North Carolina and perhaps stretching into eastern North Carolina but that is too far out to tell as individual weather systems, especially here on the coast, can dump copious amounts of rain at one time (i.e. Hurricanes and low pressure systems). You can always stay on top of any weather system by keeping up with the forecast here at wnct.com.