April across eastern North Carolina felt downright tropical with record warmth and quite a bit of rain. In fact, it was the warmest April on record across ENC. The average temperature for eastern North Carolina for the month of April is 72 degrees for a daytime high and 49 degrees for an overnight low. The actual average daytime high for the month of April was about 6 degrees higher than average and the average overnight low was also about 6 degrees higher than the average overnight low.
A breakdown of temperatures for select cities across the east will also tell the story. Greenville saw an average temperature of 78 degrees for the month of April and the last three days of the month, highs were in the upper 80s. Average overnight temperatures were a warm 55 degrees as an average.
Hatteras saw actual average temperatures at a whopping 8 degrees above the climatological average. Hatteras’ lowest temperature for the month was only 44 degrees. Kinston’s actual average temperature for the month was 78 degrees, which is about 6 degrees above its climatological average of 72 for the month. Overnight lows were around 54 degrees, still several degrees above the 30 year average.
Temperatures aren’t the only thing that was above average, rainfall was quite the story for the month, especially toward the end of the month with an area of low pressure causing flooding across the area not seen since Hurricane Matthew.
Normal rainfall for Hatteras for the month of April is around 3 inches but they received 8 inches. Kinston has a similar story in that the normal rainfall for the month is 3 inches but they received 7 inches. Greenville also has a similar story in that the average rainfall is 3 inches but the city received 6 inches as an average. Some cities received more moderate rainfall, such as Newport/Morehead City which only received about an inch more rainfall than average. New Bern also only received about an inch more rainfall than average but it was still more than the average, nonetheless.
So the takeaway for the month of April is that it was a very wet month that caused flooding not seen since Hurricane Matthew. It was also a record warm month, being the warmest April ever in eastern North Carolina.