Where are you, sunshine?
Carolina-blue skies have been hard to find in the Triangle this summer. But despite all the clouds, the area actually has seen below-normal rainfall since June 1.
Since then, 7.18 inches of rain have fallen at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. The normal is 8.53 inches.
But if the gray skies are bringing you down, it’s understandable: RDU had only two “fair” days in June, compared to 18 days of rain, according to the Weather Service.
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RDU saw 1.9 inches of rain in June, below the normal of 3.52 inches.
July was much wetter, with 4.92 inches of rain at RDU. That’s slightly above the normal of 4.73 inches. There were five “fair” days and 29 days of rain in July. (To be fair, many of those rainy days brought less than one-tenth of an inch of precipitation.)
Total rainfall for 2018 in the Triangle is more than 2 inches above normal, with 28.07 inches. Even so, parts of Johnston, Wilson, Orange and Alamance counties are considered “abnormally dry,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
August got off to a wet start, with downpours causing some flash flooding in the Triangle on Thursday.
So, is the sun ever coming back?
Yes, maybe even this weekend, according to ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner. More storms are expected Saturday, but partly sunny skies (and no rain!) are on deck for Sunday.