I love when clouds and rain give way to sunshine! My whole mood changes. This morning, I felt like I woke on the wrong side of the bed. Then suddenly around noon, I felt better! I realized that the sun had appeared and everything looked brighter. Sunshine on my shoulder really does make me happy!
I know I am not the only person whose mood can be dramatically affected by the weather. I realized how much it affected me when I lived in Minnesota for two years. Between the long, cold winters and the lack of what a southern girl would call a real summer, I spent more time than expected in a grumpy mood. That northern state is where I learned about seasonal affective disorder.
That being said, I am sure that I’m not the only one happy to see the sun today and wondering if we really have had as much rain as it feels like we’ve had this year. The answer is yes. It has been a wetter-than-normal year, so far.
As of yesterday, Raleigh-Durham International Airport has reported 27.47 inches of rain since January 1, which is 7.86 inches above our thirty-year average. Since June 1 – just in the last three weeks – we have had 3.03 inches more rainfall than is normal.
The good news is that after the cold front moves through the state this weekend, we are in store for a drier period. High pressure will arrive behind the front on Monday, and we may even have several days of cooler-than-average air temperatures as well. With a forecast like this one, it’s easy to feel optimistic on a Friday afternoon.
Enjoy your weekend!