Why has it been raining so much lately?

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We have heard plenty of complaints about the recent rains in southeastern North Carolina and lots of questions about why we’re so wet.

Besides a really wet day on July 12 (3.86″), the majority of our 17 inches of rainfall this month has come during the second half of the month. The large scale pattern has been relatively stagnant for awhile now, and it’s a pattern that’s conducive to a lot of rain for us.

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A ridge of high pressure is anchored to our east over the Atlantic, while a trough sits in the midwestern United States. This allows a plume of tropical moisture to filter into our region, which helps spark numerous showers and thunderstorms.

Weather models indicate that the flow of moisture could shift to the west in the coming days. That would not completely end our rain chances, but could make the showers and storms more scattered in nature.

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