Well November has come in and so far its mark is being felt as cloudy, rainy and cool but what about October? What type of weather did we leave behind? For teh most part, October was warm, with above average temperatures but rain varied, depending on where you live. The southern portions of the east received more rainfall than the north, thus we have the drought monitor report stating that we are abnormally dry in the northern sections of the east.
Climate-wise, the average high temperature for places like New Bern and Greenville is 74 degrees. The actual average for those two locales for the month of October was 77 degrees. Hatteras’ normal average daytime high is 72 degrees but their average for the month of October was also 5 degrees above normal, at 77 degrees. Plymouth and Bayboro also saw their normal highs surpassed by a couple of degrees. Even overnight lows were warm. Our normal overnight lows are in the lower 50s inland, however many saw overnight lows consistently in the mid 50s.
Rainfall, generally, was below average for the month of October. There are a couple of differences, as stated before. Southern areas received more rainfall than the northern areas. This rain mainly happened during two events on the 24th and 29th of the month. The northern areas remained moisture starved, hence the drought monitor reflecting the abnormally dry conditions. The normal amount of rainfall for Hatteras in October is 3.88 inches but what they actually received was 4.79 inches. New Bern received about an inch and a half above its normal of 3.26 inches. Greenville received about an inch less than its normal of 5.83 inches. The average rainfall for the month of October in the town of Williamston is 6.07 inches but they actually only received 4.32 inches, about 1.75 inches short of the average.
With the month of November coming in cool and wet, we may actually reverse the warm dryness of the month of October. We are still in the beginning of the month, however, and have a ways to go until the end. The outlook for the month from the Climate Prediction Center is below. They forecast that the month will come in similar to October, warmer and drier than average. So far, that’s not the case but we’ll keep you posted on whatever weather changes my occur.
Info from The National Weather Service Morehead City