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April 2011

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North Carolina Climate, the monthly newsletter of the State Climate Office of NC, covers a monthly climate summary for March with impacts across the state, as well as information on our severe weather products.
PDF version available for printing.

 

Climate Summary

Temperature and Precipitation by climate division
Departures from Normal for March 2011
Based on Preliminary Data
Temperature and Precipitation Departures from Normal

March 2011 in North Carolina was overall near normal for most of the state. Western areas experienced above-normal precipitation, while central and eastern NC experienced near-normal to below-normal precipitation. Statewide averages for temperature ranked as the 55th warmest and the 24th wettest since 1895.

March is often a month of transitions with some aspects of winter and some of spring. In March 2011, NC experienced some periods with very warm temperatures, days with very cold temperatures, snow, flooding, sleet, hail, tornadoes, and damaging thunderstorms. Details of all of these events are available through our Local Storm Reports Database, highlighted below.

Precipitation for March 2011
Based on estimates from NWS Radar
Data courtesy NWS/NCEP
MPE Precipitation


Precipitation for March 2011: Percent of Normal
Based on estimates from NWS Radar
Data courtesy NWS/NCEP
MPE Precipitation Percent of Normal

 

Impacts to Agriculture and Water Resources

Above-normal precipitation in western NC brought substantial drought relief to water supplies. However, the lack of substantial precipitation in central NC since November 2010 continues to cause hydrological drought impacts in central NC, where streams and groundwater supplies continue to be much below-normal.


US Drought Monitor for North Carolina
Courtesy NC DENR Division of Water Resources

March 2011 Drought Monitor

 

Severe Weather Products

Last fall our office released two web-based products useful for retrieving and displaying observations of severe weather across the Southeast. The Storm Reports Interactive Database allows users to view severe weather reports provided by NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Such reports include historical tornado, hail, and high wind observations across North Carolina and other southeastern states, and can be viewed through a dynamically-generated map based on user-selected intensity criteria and data. The following images depict reports summed by county for all records currently stored in the database from April-June.

Tornado Reports by County for April, May and June (1955-2009)
Data courtesy NOAA SPC
Map of Tornadoes by County

Hail Reports by County for April, May and June (1955-2009)
Data courtesy NOAA SPC
Map of Hail Reports by County

High Wind Reports by County for April, May and June (1955-2009)
Data courtesy NOAA SPC
Map of High Wind Reports by County

The Local Storm Reports Database provides easy access to storm reports issued by the National Weather Service. Such data includes a variety of events, including thunderstorm and winter weather hazards, storm damage, and flooding. Reports are available from May 2001 to present, and can be searched for by date or by location. According to the LSR database, 34 events were reported in North Carolina in April 2010, with 20 reports of storm damage, 10 reports of hail, and 4 reports of tornadoes.

Local Storm Reports for April 2010
Data courtesy NWS
Local Storm Reports for April 2010

 

Statewide Summary for March 2011

Station
Avg Daily
Max Temp
Avg Daily
Min Temp
Total
Rainfall
Avg Daily
Wind Speed
Max Daily
Wind Speed
Vector Avg
Wind
Aurora, NC (AURO)
62.4° F
(-0.8° F)
4 mi
43.9° F
(+3.1° F)
4 mi
2.9 in
2.8 mph
25.9 mph
0.3 mph
East Northeast (62°)
Boone, NC (BOON)
54.8° F
(+4.8° F)
1 mi
36.5° F
(+7.2° F)
1 mi
7.5 in
6.5 mph
31.4 mph
3.7 mph
West Northwest (283°)
Buckland, NC (BUCK)
60° F
(-0.1° F)
15 mi
37.5° F
(+1.7° F)
15 mi
3.7 in
2.5 mph
21.4 mph
0.4 mph
Northeast (55°)
Burnsville, NC (BURN)
55.3° F
(-1.8° F)
8 mi
36.6° F
(+6.1° F)
8 mi
4.8 in
6.3 mph
29.8 mph
1.3 mph
North Northeast (26°)
Castle Hayne, NC (CAST)
65.5° F
(-1° F)
0 mi
43.1° F
(+1° F)
0 mi
2.4 in
4.8 mph
26.4 mph
0.9 mph
East Northeast (66°)
Clayton, NC (CLAY)
61.6° F
(-1.1° F)
3 mi
40.8° F
(+3° F)
3 mi
2 in
5.1 mph
27.2 mph
0.5 mph
North Northeast (22°)
Clayton, NC (CLA2)
63.2° F
(+0.5° F)
3 mi
39.4° F
(+1.6° F)
3 mi
3.8 in
2 mph
18.4 mph
0.4 mph
North (3°)
Clinton, NC (CLIN)
64.1° F
(+0.1° F)
0 mi
41.8° F
(+0.3° F)
0 mi
3 in
5.5 mph
31.5 mph
2.4 mph
East (88°)
Durham, NC (DURH)
62.5° F
(+0.4° F)
6 mi
38.6° F
(+1.6° F)
6 mi
3.8 in
3.3 mph
33.3 mph
0.1 mph
North Northeast (30°)
Fletcher, NC (FLET)
58.2° F
(+0.3° F)
0 mi
36.8° F
(+4.5° F)
0 mi
6.8 in
3.1 mph
25.8 mph
1 mph
North (3°)
Goldsboro, NC (GOLD)
63° F
(-2.6° F)
5 mi
41° F
(-0.6° F)
5 mi
3.3 in
4.2 mph
29 mph
0.8 mph
North (4°)
Greensboro, NC (NCAT)
59.4° F
(-0.9° F)
12 mi
40° F
(+2.2° F)
12 mi
5 in
5.2 mph
25.1 mph
4.1 mph
West Northwest (290°)
Hamlet, NC (HAML)
64.7° F
(-1.3° F)
4 mi
41.5° F
(+4.4° F)
4 mi
3.7 in
4.8 mph
41.6 mph
0.8 mph
East Southeast (102°)
Hendersonville, NC (BEAR)
49.3° F
(-10.7° F)
7 mi
34° F
(-0.4° F)
7 mi
11.1 in
9.7 mph
50.6 mph
5 mph
West Northwest (298°)
High Point, NC (HIGH)
59.9° F
(-3.2° F)
2 mi
38.9° F
(-0.1° F)
2 mi
4.4 in
2.5 mph
19.2 mph
0.4 mph
North (5°)
Jackson Springs, NC (JACK)
62° F
(-0.7° F)
0 mi
41.7° F
(+1.4° F)
0 mi
4.4 in
6 mph
33.4 mph
1.1 mph
Northeast (46°)
Kinston, NC (KINS)
63.1° F
(-4.7° F)
0 mi
41.2° F
(+0.6° F)
0 mi
3 in
5 mph
30.3 mph
0.4 mph
East Northeast (69°)
Laurel Springs, NC (LAUR)
51.1° F
(-1.3° F)
1 mi
33.6° F
(+5.7° F)
1 mi
8.3 in
5.6 mph
31.6 mph
2.3 mph
West (279°)
Lewiston, NC (LEWS)
60.6° F
(-2.1° F)
0 mi
39.3° F
(+1.2° F)
0 mi
3.8 in
3.6 mph
32.1 mph
0.5 mph
North (6°)
Lilesville, NC (LILE)
64.1° F
(0° F)
9 mi
43° F
(+1.8° F)
9 mi
3.2 in
4.3 mph
40.5 mph
0.6 mph
North Northeast (23°)
Mount Mitchell, NC (MITC)
43.4° F
(+0.8° F)
0 mi
28.1° F
(+3.5° F)
0 mi
8.7 in
17.6 mph
70.5 mph
12.8 mph
West Northwest (289°)
Oxford, NC (OXFO)
59.6° F
(-1.4° F)
0 mi
39.4° F
(+3.5° F)
0 mi
4.3 in
2.4 mph
19.2 mph
0.1 mph
Northwest (317°)
Plymouth, NC (PLYM)
59.9° F
(-5.5° F)
2 mi
39.7° F
(-0.9° F)
2 mi
3.6 in
5.6 mph
29.2 mph
1.8 mph
Northeast (51°)
Raleigh, NC (LAKE)
61.8° F
(-2° F)
0 mi
40.6° F
(-0.2° F)
0 mi
2.8 in
5.7 mph
31.5 mph
0.8 mph
North Northeast (16°)
Raleigh, NC (REED)
61.6° F
(+0.4° F)
3 mi
40.8° F
(+1° F)
3 mi
7.5 in
4.4 mph
32.8 mph
1 mph
Northeast (50°)
Reidsville, NC (REID)
58.7° F
(-1° F)
0 mi
40.1° F
(+3.1° F)
0 mi
8 in
4.3 mph
30.2 mph
0.5 mph
North Northwest (331°)
Rocky Mount, NC (ROCK)
61.5° F
(-1.4° F)
0 mi
39.6° F
(+0.5° F)
0 mi
3.1 in
4.9 mph
37.7 mph
1.2 mph
East Northeast (69°)
Salisbury, NC (SALI)
60.5° F
(-0.3° F)
0 mi
37.8° F
(+1.1° F)
0 mi
4.2 in
3.4 mph
23.9 mph
0.6 mph
North Northeast (32°)
Siler City, NC (SILR)
61.3° F
(-0.7° F)
5 mi
37° F
(-1.9° F)
5 mi
3.7 in
3.9 mph
28.4 mph
0.8 mph
North Northeast (26°)
Taylorsville, NC (TAYL)
58.8° F
37.5° F
5 in
2.7 mph
55.5 mph
0.4 mph
Northeast (37°)
Wallace, NC (WILD)
64.9° F
(-3.8° F)
8 mi
41.1° F
(-1.5° F)
8 mi
3.1 in
5.4 mph
43.2 mph
0.8 mph
East Northeast (68°)
Waynesville, NC (WAYN)
58.5° F
(+0.1° F)
0 mi
37.7° F
(+7° F)
0 mi
5.5 in
2.7 mph
23.3 mph
0.8 mph
Northeast (49°)
Whiteville, NC (WHIT)
65.4° F
(-2.6° F)
0 mi
41.9° F
(+1.1° F)
0 mi
3.1 in
3.6 mph
26.5 mph
0.6 mph
East (98°)
Williamston, NC (WILL)
61.3° F
(-1.7° F)
4 mi
39.7° F
(-1.3° F)
4 mi
3.1 in
3.3 mph
21.9 mph
0.5 mph
Northeast (34°)
Legend:
Parameter
Parameter's value approximated from hourly data.
( +/- Departure from normal )
Distance to reference station

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