Laurel Springs Landscape

January 2009

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North Carolina Climate, the monthly newsletter of the State Climate Office of NC, covers recent weather conditions across our state and a drought review.
PDF version available for printing.

 

December was a bit warm, a bit wet

Most of North Carolina experienced a relatively warm and wet December to close out 2008. Mean temperatures across the state were generally 2.5-4.5 °F above normal, while precipitation totals for the month were generally between 90% and 130% of normal. The warmest region was the Southern Coastal Plain, where temperatures were nearly 4.5 °F above normal for the month. This regional was also the driest in NC during December, with only 89% of normal precipitation (-0.38 inches from normal). The smallest departures in temperature were observed in the Southern Piedmont, where temperatures were only 2.5 °F above normal on average. The wettest region was the Southern Mountains, where most locations experienced several days with heavy precipitation and the regional average precipitation total was greater than 130% of normal. Fortunately, this is the region that had been experiencing the most severe drought conditions in NC, so the rainfall is a welcome promise for recharge to streams, reservoirs, and groundwater supplies.

Departures from Normal
Temperature and Precipitation by climate division
Departures from Normal for December 2008 - based on preliminary data.

 

Change in US Drought Monitoring Status during December 2008
Provided by the NC DENR Division of Water Resources

December Drought

December Drought

December rainfall brought drought relief to the entire region, but the most benefits have been observed in western NC, where exceptional D4 drought conditions improved to D2 by the end of the month. Drought impacts still experienced in western part of the state are almost exclusively limited to long-term water supplies.

 

Ever Wondered About Weather for MLK Day?

It often gets asked – what’s the historical weather for the next holiday? No, it’s not just asked by those looking to get in a round of golf on their day off. For many holidays, developing a climatology of averages and extremes is fairly easy since for lots of holidays, the event falls on the same date every year. But what about Thanksgiving? Easter? And Martin Luther King Day? These holidays (and several others) fall on different dates each year. So to provide historical summaries for all holidays, the SCO has a new Holiday Climatology page for all historical Cooperative Observers in NC. NWS Cooperative Observers have the best long-term record of temperature and precipitation, and there is probably one in your county! So enjoy, and be ready when someone asks about the record temperature observed on Columbus Day!

http://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/holiday_climatology.php

 

Statewide Summary for December 2008

As part of the monthly newsletter, the SCO provides a basic summary of monthly conditions for all locations that have an automated reporting station. A daily version of this product is available online at:
http://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/cronos/review

Station
Avg Daily
Max Temp
Avg Daily
Min Temp
Total
Rainfall
Avg Daily
Wind Speed
Max Daily
Wind Speed
Vector Avg
Wind Speed
Aurora, NC (AURO)
56.3° F
(+3.1° F)
4 mi
37.4° F
(+6° F)
4 mi
0.5 in
3.1 mph
17 mph
0.6 mph
North Northwest (330°)
Boone, NC (BOON)
50.6° F
(+11.3° F)
1 mi
32.3° F
(+12.7° F)
1 mi
1.3 in
5.3 mph
27.7 mph
4.6 mph
Southwest (229°)
Buckland, NC (BUCK)
49.6° F
(+0.7° F)
15 mi
31.1° F
(+4.6° F)
15 mi
0.9 in
1.7 mph
12.2 mph
0.4 mph
West Northwest (288°)
Burnsville, NC (MITC)
41.7° F
(+7.5° F)
1 mi
31.6° F
(+14.3° F)
1 mi
2 in
16.7 mph
76.5 mph
16.3 mph
West (276°)
Burnsville, NC (BURN)
55° F
(+8.9° F)
8 mi
32.9° F
(+11.2° F)
8 mi
1.5 in
2.2 mph
39.6 mph
0.9 mph
North Northwest (347°)
Castle Hayne, NC (CAST)
62.4° F
(+6.2° F)
0 mi
43.4° F
(+10.1° F)
0 mi
0 in
3.5 mph
20.6 mph
2.2 mph
West Southwest (254°)
Clayton, NC (CLAY)
51.3° F
(+1.3° F)
3 mi
36.9° F
(+8.8° F)
3 mi
1.4 in
4.1 mph
13.2 mph
1.1 mph
West Southwest (240°)
Clayton, NC (CLA2)
52.1° F
(+2.1° F)
3 mi
34° F
(+5.9° F)
3 mi
1.7 in
1.8 mph
9.4 mph
0.4 mph
West (261°)
Clinton, NC (CLIN)
56° F
(+3.7° F)
0 mi
38.4° F
(+6.7° F)
0 mi
0.6 in
2.6 mph
18.4 mph
1.3 mph
West Southwest (247°)
Fletcher, NC (FLET)
57.6° F
(+11.6° F)
0 mi
34.5° F
(+11.5° F)
0 mi
1.5 in
2.9 mph
16 mph
0.4 mph
West (262°)
Franklin, NC (WINE)
46.7° F
(-1° F)
11 mi
33.4° F
(+9.4° F)
11 mi
4.7 in
8.5 mph
21.4 mph
8.3 mph
West (262°)
Goldsboro, NC (GOLD)
53.2° F
(-0.5° F)
5 mi
35.3° F
(+2.3° F)
5 mi
1.2 in
3.7 mph
16.6 mph
1 mph
Southwest (232°)
Greensboro, NC (NCAT)
52.8° F
(+5.6° F)
12 mi
34.7° F
(+6.5° F)
12 mi
1.2 in
2.6 mph
14.9 mph
1 mph
West Southwest (237°)
Hamlet, NC (HAML)
55.4° F
(+2.8° F)
4 mi
40.5° F
(+12.4° F)
4 mi
0.7 in
2.7 mph
21.9 mph
1.8 mph
South Southwest (205°)
Hendersonville, NC (BEAR)
50.1° F
(+1.4° F)
7 mi
36.8° F
(+10.9° F)
7 mi
1.2 in
12 mph
36.7 mph
10 mph
North (356°)
High Point, NC (HIGH)
53.4° F
(+3.6° F)
2 mi
34.2° F
(+4.6° F)
2 mi
1.3 in
2.4 mph
10.1 mph
0.7 mph
South (170°)
Jackson Springs, NC (JACK)
53.3° F
(+3.6° F)
0 mi
38.6° F
(+7.7° F)
0 mi
0.9 in
5 mph
18.4 mph
3.2 mph
South Southwest (210°)
Kinston, NC (KINS)
56° F
(+0.1° F)
5 mi
37.2° F
(+4° F)
5 mi
1 in
3.5 mph
16.4 mph
1 mph
West Southwest (249°)
Laurel Springs, NC (LAUR)
50.9° F
(+10° F)
1 mi
30° F
(+11.5° F)
1 mi
0.9 in
2.7 mph
21.7 mph
2.2 mph
West Southwest (254°)
Lewiston, NC (LEWS)
50.7° F
(-0.4° F)
0 mi
34.3° F
(+4.5° F)
0 mi
0.9 in
4.6 mph
15.7 mph
0.8 mph
West (276°)
Oxford, NC (OXFO)
50.5° F
(+2.2° F)
0 mi
34.1° F
(+6.5° F)
0 mi
0.8 in
3.9 mph
13.5 mph
3.9 mph
North (2°)
Plymouth, NC (PLYM)
51.5° F
(-2.5° F)
2 mi
33.5° F
(+0.4° F)
2 mi
0.5 in
5.9 mph
18.2 mph
2.2 mph
North Northwest (326°)
Raleigh, NC (LAKE)
51.3° F
(-0.1° F)
0 mi
37.3° F
(+5.3° F)
0 mi
0.9 in
3.5 mph
17.6 mph
1.4 mph
West (262°)
Raleigh, NC (REED)
51.9° F
(+3.1° F)
3 mi
37.4° F
(+7.3° F)
3 mi
1.9 in
2.8 mph
13.3 mph
0.4 mph
Northwest (322°)
Reidsville, NC (REID)
50.7° F
(+3.7° F)
0 mi
33.9° F
(+6.8° F)
0 mi
0 in
4.4 mph
13.2 mph
2.4 mph
West Southwest (241°)
Rocky Mount, NC (ROCK)
50.9° F
(-0.4° F)
0 mi
34° F
(+3.2° F)
0 mi
1.1 in
4.1 mph
18.1 mph
1 mph
West Southwest (240°)
Salisbury, NC (SALI)
55.6° F
(+7.5° F)
0 mi
36.2° F
(+10.2° F)
0 mi
0 in
3.3 mph
15.5 mph
1.2 mph
South Southwest (204°)
Siler City, NC (SILR)
50.8° F
(+1.6° F)
5 mi
32.5° F
(+3.7° F)
5 mi
1.8 in
3.5 mph
13.7 mph
1 mph
Southwest (228°)
Wallace, NC (WILD)
60.9° F
(+4.2° F)
8 mi
40° F
(+5.2° F)
8 mi
0.1 in
3.2 mph
71.8 mph
1.8 mph
West Southwest (251°)
Waynesville, NC (WAYN)
58.8° F
(+11.8° F)
0 mi
32.7° F
(+11.1° F)
0 mi
2 in
3.1 mph
25.2 mph
2.6 mph
West Southwest (238°)
Whiteville, NC (WHIT)
60.5° F
(+4° F)
0 mi
41.4° F
(+8.9° F)
0 mi
0 in
3.1 mph
14.9 mph
1.7 mph
Southwest (236°)
Williamston, NC (WILL)
52.1° F
(+0.1° F)
4 mi
36° F
(+4.1° F)
4 mi
0.7 in
3.1 mph
12 mph
1.2 mph
West Southwest (243°)
Legend:
Parameter
Parameter's value approximated from hourly data.
( +/- Departure from normal )
Distance to reference station

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