While August seems to be coming in as cooler and wetter, July was the opposite, hot and dry. You may remember the hot 90s and triple digit heat indices that we had mid to late month. Although the forecast was unsettled, never really had dumping rains for everyone. There are even some parts of the area and state that are abnormally dry now. Let’s take a look at what we saw over the past month.
We start our summary off by looking at the temperatures. The average July temperature across eastern North Carolina is 90 degrees, as it is our hottest month. Temperatures across the east were on average about 1 to 2 degrees above average, this certainly varies from city to city. The climatological average high temperature for Cape Hatteras for the month of July is 84.6 degrees. The actual average last month for Hatteras was 85.5 degrees, almost a full degree above the normal average. Greenville also experienced above normal high temps with the climatological average being 89.9 degrees but the actual recorded average last month at 90.7 degrees.
Even overnight temperatures were warmer than average. Beaufort’s overnight normal average is 74.2 degrees but the recorded average last month was 75.4 degrees. Plymouth saw an overnight average 1.4 degrees above its normal average of 70 degrees. What this translates to is that we saw many high temperatures predominantly in the 90s for the month and many overnight lows in the lower to mid 70s, with very little temperatures dipping into the 60s for overnight lows and 80s for daytime highs. There were even some extreme high temps for the month, highs temps in Greenville was 98, while highest temp in Williamston was 96 degrees. As hot as it was, it still did not eclipse the record breaking heat of July of 2016.
With the exception of the far northern counties, much of ENC was relatively dry. The average rainfall for eastern North Carolina for the month of July is 5.39 inches, depending on the city of course. The average rainfall for Williamston is 5.29 inches but the actual rainfall that they received was 6.44 inches. Greenville saw .20 inches higher than their average but just about all others saw deficits. Beaufort’s average rainfall is 6.02 inches but they actually saw 4.07 inches of rain. A similar story for Kinston too with average rainfall being 5.58 inches but they only saw 3.06 inches for July.
August is starting off cooler and wetter. Will this be the trend as we get deeper into the month? In our next blog, we’ll talk about the forecast projections for the month of August, barring any anomalies, such as tropical systems. Whatever the weather, your First Alert Weather team has you covered.