Tropical drought killers

As fall begins Thursday, we are wrapping up another hot summer. Each year we know the heat is coming, but we hope the rain will too. We have had plenty of hot, dry summers recently, and it was a relief to not have to worry about drought this summer.

We can thank the tropics for our drough relief this year. Much of the Southeast is dealing with some sort of rainfall deficit at the end of summer. Parts of north Georgia are even suffering through “Extreme Drought”. Here in the eastern Carolinas, the grass is still green, and we have had plenty of rain.

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We have had four tropical systems affect our part of the Carolinas, and along the Grand Strand, the tropical rains from Bonnie, Colin, Hermine and Julia account for over half of our rain since the end of May.

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Tropical Storm Bonnie was a pre-season storm that brought 1.01″ of rain to North Myrtle Beach on May 28-29.

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Tropical Storm Colin moved by offshore and brought 0.87″ of rain from June 5-7.

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Hermine hit Florida as a hurricane, then moved over the eastern Carolinas as a tropical storm. Hermine brought 10.11 inches of rain to North Myrtle Beach from August 31-September 2.

 

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Most recently, Tropical Storm Julia dumped 3.62 inches of rain in North Myrtle Beach on September 18 & 19. The total rain from all four tropical system is 15.61″

The total rainfall in North Myrtle Beach from the end of May until the end of summer is 26.14″… meaning over half of our rain came from the four tropical systems. In fact, if we missed the rain from Bonnie, Colin, Hermine and Julia, then we would have only had 10.53″ of rain since the end of May… which would surely put the eastern Carolinas on the Drought Monitor.

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