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Saturday, August 7, 2021 Current or Forecast Conditions
Expect a high of 84 degrees and a low of 72 degrees with scattered thunderstorms and torrential rain producing flash flooding. Local authorities have issued a flash flood watch advisory for all locations. Some thunderstorms could be severe. Expect gusty winds in storms.
Special Statement / Hazardous Outlook: Flash flood watch, rip currents.
Partly cloudy in the morning changing to scattered rain showers late in the evening. The high was 90 degrees with a low of 76 degrees. The NWS issued a flash flood watch for Saturday as a low pressure system moving up the East Coast impacts our local area.
3 Day Forecast
Morehead City Weather Forecast (Carteret County) Valid For Saturday, August 7, 2021
Sunday: Only a slight chance for rain, otherwise partly cloudy.
Monday: Sunny the first part of the day, then a 20% chance for rain.
Tuesday: Sunny and clear.
No variations in temperature, humidity, heat index, or dewpoint compared to today.
Past Weather and Storm Events In Carteret County
August 3, 2020 – Hurricane Isaias
The first Atlantic Ocean hurricane named Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle, NC as a Category 1 storm and caused moderate winds in the county, power outages, and very minor localized flooding.
#NCWX is a social media hashtag we use on this site along with other social media sites to denote local information on current conditions and current storms in Eastern NC and Carteret County.
September 6, 2019 – Emerald Isle Tornado
Related to Hurricane Dorian, a EF2 waterspout came ashore hours before Dorian was expected in the area. Once on land, the tornado hit a RV park and continued on the ground for 13 miles terminating in Maysville.
Category 1 storm that hit Cape Lookout and the Outer Banks on September 6, 2019 producing winds of around 70 mph in the Carteret County communities.
Winter Storm Diego
December 8, 9, and 10 – 2018 #NCWX 2018
Winter Storm Diego moved through Carteret County and Morehead City NC bringing colder temperatures and heavy rainfall of up to 3 inches, and strong sustained winds of 25-35 mph with noted gusts along county beaches reaching 50 mph. Area weather stations reported a storm surge of up to 3 feet. Some minor coastal erosion was noted. No snowfall.
As Winter Storm Diego moves through the county, expect high in the upper 30s and low 40s, moderate winds gusting to tropical storm force, beach erosion, and storm surge. Rain expectations are 100% with 3 inch rain accumulation between Saturday and Monday.
October 11 and 12 – 2018 #NCWX 2018
After hitting Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, downgraded Hurricane Michael swept over Eastern NC as Tropical Storm Michael bringing tropical storm force conditions to Carteret County, Morehead City, NC and surrounding areas. The storm brought sustained winds of around 35 mph with noted gusts in the range of 45 mph. This storm downed trees that were already vulnerable after Hurricane Florence and brought widespread power outages in the area, along with a small coastal surge and beach erosion.
September 13 and 14 – 2018 #NCWX 2018
Hurricane Florence was a historical storm for Carteret County NC, Morehead City, and surrounding areas. While our area is use to Category 1 storms, Hurricane Florence made a much different approach to the county than we normally get and she hit us with her upper right quadrant bringing sustained winds of 100 mph (stronger gusts) to the county for well over 14 hours causing extensive damage to homes, trees, and area beaches from erosion. Significant flooding was also noted in many area near waterways. Power outages for up to a week and a half was noted countywide with that number greater for areas down east near Harkers Island, Atlantic, and Smyrna.
Common Questions For This Weather Area
- Is snowfall common for Morehead City and Carteret County NC?
No. Our area may go many years without seeing any snow at all while other years we may see 1 or 2 small storms that come up the coast as a Nor’easter bringing local snowfall of around 1-4 inches. Storms that bring greater than 6 inches or more are usually 8 – 10 years apart.
- Are Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Common?
Yes. Beginning around June till October of each year, Eastern NC and Carteret County are under threat of moderate hurricane and tropical storm threats. There is rarely a year where at least one storm will either hit the area or pass close enough to where we feel the affects.
- Are rip currents a threat on the Crystal Coast beaches?
Yes. Each Spring, Summer, and Fall there are at least 2 dozen rip current responses to people needing to be rescued. If you see a red flag on a beach please do not swim. Rip currents are very much weather related events but they can happen on calm sunny days.
- Are waterspouts and tornadoes common?
I would not say common, but we do experience small EF1 tornadoes from time to time. Typically, our tornado threats are from waterspouts that come onshore during thunderstorms in the Spring, Summer, and Fall months.