We arrived at Dee's Cottage in Topsail Beach, NC on Sat., Sept. 25 for a 'late summer' vacation on the oceanfront! According to the National Weather Service, this was the weather during our stay:
Sunday, Sept. 26
Widespread showers led to heavy rains. 0.59" of rain
Monday, Sept. 27
Persistent rainfall at rates of 1/2" or more per hour, peaking at 1.99" in one hour. Flash Flood Warnings, the first of 16 to be issued during this five day period. 10.33 inches of rain
Tuesday, Sept. 28
Some calm before the storm with a brief respite, then heavy rain later. 1.95" of rain
Wed., Sept. 29
Heavy rain. Tropical Storm Nicole effects. FFW, Tornado Warnings, Small Craft Advisory Warnings, Tropical Storm Warnings. Roads flooding and some washed out. 7.37" of rain
Thursday, Sept. 30
Light rain showers, then remnants of TS Nicole, more FFWs and washed out roadways. Rain ended late Thurs. night. 2.29" of rain
Other facts about this week:
*The area was suffering a mild drought before all this began.
*Out of 101 hours between 2 pm Sunday and 6 pm Thursday at least a trace of rain was recorded during 84 of them.
*Rain was recorded during 42 straight hours.
*The area now boasts the wettest 3-day, 4-day and 5-day periods in history since 1850. Several days beat the rains encountered during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
*Total rainfall 22.54"
"....and that was how I spent my summer vacation. The End"