Despite soggy start, September may be drier

    A stormy Labor Day seemed a fitting end to what has been one very wet summer.

    Jim Bunker from the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, which handles the region’s forecasting, says rainfall this summer has been well above the recent norm: 29.71 inches.  With a few weeks of formal summer left, that’s more than 5 inches than it was in 2011, when the region was hit by Hurricane Irene in August.

    And compared to last summer’s 9.79 inches, it’s a dramatic increase.

    Bunker says Weather Service forecasters are expecting a drier September, despite today’s storms.

    “It’s going to be equal chances of near normal temperatures,” he said, “and right now the indications are for near normal precipitation for the month of September.”

    As for temperatures for the rest of the year, Bunker says the forecast is that they’ll be normal or just above normal for the rest of the year.

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