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February 2011

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North Carolina Climate, the monthly newsletter of the State Climate Office of NC, covers a monthly climate summary for January with impacts across the state, as well as information on the winter weather section of the SCO website.
PDF version available for printing.

 

Climate Summary

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

January 2011 was cool and dry. While temperatures in January 2011 weren’t as extreme as those in December 2010, they were still the coldest since January 1988. The statewide average temperatures ranked as the 16th coldest since 1895.

Dry conditions in January were more severe than the previous month. Despite several snowfall events, the amount of total precipitation across North Carolina was much below normal. Most of central and western NC received less than 40% of normal precipitation.

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


Precipitation for January 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

The continued dryness has started to impact water resources across the state, especially in central NC. Due to a lack of precipitation, streams are near record lows for this time of the year, and Falls Reservoir — a major reservoir in central NC — has yet to return to full status. The winter period is generally when water resources recharge, and the lack of recovery is cause for concerns. Without the return of more normal precipitation amounts, NC could be facing serious water supply problems come summer.

As a response to the low groundwater, streams, and reservoir conditions, the US Drought Monitor depicts D2 Severe Drought in central NC. The NC Drought Management Advisory Council continues to have weekly technical conferences to review conditions and make recommendations to the US Drought Monitor.


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

January 2011 Drought Monitor

 

Winter Weather

Last winter our office released a new and improved "Winter Weather" section to the SCO website. The new pages included features such as a detailed study on a winter weather climatology for NC, in-depth information on both large and small scale atmospheric patterns responsible for winter storms across the state, and a winter storm database searchable by county, date and event type -- which has recently been updated to include the winter storms that took place in December 2010.

You can find all this information and more on our website: http://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/climate/winter_wx

 

Statewide Summary for January 2011

As part of the monthly newsletter, the SCO provides a basic summary of monthly conditions for ECONet stations. A daily version of this product for all locations that have an automated reporting station 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
Boone, NC (BOON)
40.3° F
(+1° F)
1 mi
24.1° F
(+4.5° F)
1 mi
1.5 in
7.2 mph
33.1 mph
5.9 mph
West Northwest (285°)
Buckland, NC (BUCK)
45.8° F
(-3.1° F)
15 mi
27.4° F
(+0.9° F)
15 mi
2.4 in
1.8 mph
16 mph
0.6 mph
Northwest (325°)
Burnsville, NC (BURN)
40.1° F
(-6° F)
8 mi
22.7° F
(+1° F)
8 mi
1.6 in
5.4 mph
31.3 mph
3.6 mph
Northwest (309°)
Castle Hayne, NC (CAST)
49.6° F
(-6.6° F)
0 mi
30° F
(-3.3° F)
0 mi
1.8 in
3.5 mph
27.7 mph
1.8 mph
Northwest (322°)
Clayton, NC (CLAY)
46.8° F
(-3.2° F)
3 mi
29.9° F
(+1.8° F)
3 mi
1 in
4.1 mph
25.4 mph
2 mph
Northwest (315°)
Clayton, NC (CLA2)
48.1° F
(-1.9° F)
3 mi
27.4° F
(-0.7° F)
3 mi
1.3 in
1.8 mph
18.9 mph
1.1 mph
Northwest (322°)
Clinton, NC (CLIN)
48.3° F
(-4° F)
0 mi
29.2° F
(-2.5° F)
0 mi
0.7 in
4 mph
27.3 mph
1.3 mph
South Southeast (163°)
Durham, NC (DURH)
47.3° F
(-1.9° F)
6 mi
26.5° F
(-1.3° F)
6 mi
1.5 in
2.6 mph
53.9 mph
1.1 mph
Northwest (307°)
Fletcher, NC (FLET)
43.3° F
(-2.7° F)
0 mi
23.2° F
(+0.2° F)
0 mi
1.5 in
3 mph
26.7 mph
2.7 mph
North (357°)
Franklin, NC (WINE)
33.5° F
(-14.2° F)
11 mi
18.9° F
(-5.1° F)
11 mi
6.6 in
7.4 mph
28 mph
5 mph
West Northwest (299°)
Goldsboro, NC (GOLD)
48.4° F
(-5.3° F)
5 mi
28.6° F
(-4.4° F)
5 mi
0.6 in
2.8 mph
26.6 mph
1.2 mph
West Southwest (255°)
Greensboro, NC (NCAT)
44.6° F
(-2.6° F)
12 mi
27° F
(-1.2° F)
12 mi
1.4 in
3.9 mph
20.4 mph
3.2 mph
West (275°)
High Point, NC (HIGH)
45.2° F
(-4.6° F)
2 mi
25.2° F
(-4.4° F)
2 mi
1.1 in
2.1 mph
18.8 mph
1.2 mph
Northwest (320°)
Jackson Springs, NC (JACK)
46.6° F
(-3.1° F)
0 mi
29.4° F
(-1.5° F)
0 mi
1.2 in
4.3 mph
25.6 mph
1.5 mph
North Northwest (330°)
Kinston, NC (KINS)
47.3° F
(-8.6° F)
0 mi
30.3° F
(-2.9° F)
0 mi
0.8 in
3.8 mph
34.1 mph
1.6 mph
West Northwest (291°)
Laurel Springs, NC (LAUR)
37.4° F
(-3.5° F)
1 mi
21.9° F
(+3.4° F)
1 mi
1.1 in
5.2 mph
31 mph
3.9 mph
Northwest (309°)
Lewiston, NC (LEWS)
46.2° F
(-4.9° F)
0 mi
28.9° F
(-0.9° F)
0 mi
1.5 in
2.3 mph
25 mph
1.3 mph
West Northwest (300°)
Mount Mitchell, NC (MITC)
29.2° F
(-5° F)
0 mi
15.6° F
(-1.7° F)
0 mi
2.1 in
17.2 mph
78.1 mph
16.9 mph
West Northwest (297°)
New London, NC (NEWL)
42.5° F
(-8° F)
2 mi
25.8° F
(-2° F)
2 mi
0.2 in
4.5 mph
58.2 mph
2.9 mph
North Northwest (332°)
Oxford, NC (OXFO)
44.9° F
(-3.4° F)
0 mi
28° F
(+0.4° F)
0 mi
1 in
2 mph
19.9 mph
0.9 mph
West Northwest (286°)
Plymouth, NC (PLYM)
46.6° F
(-7.4° F)
2 mi
29.5° F
(-3.6° F)
2 mi
2.7 in
4.1 mph
32.7 mph
2.2 mph
North Northwest (338°)
Raleigh, NC (LAKE)
47° F
(-4.4° F)
0 mi
28.7° F
(-3.3° F)
0 mi
1.2 in
4.5 mph
30.3 mph
2.3 mph
Northwest (315°)
Reidsville, NC (REID)
43.9° F
(-3.1° F)
0 mi
28.2° F
(+1.1° F)
0 mi
2.1 in
3.7 mph
26.7 mph
2.3 mph
Northwest (315°)
Rocky Mount, NC (ROCK)
47° F
(-4.3° F)
0 mi
28° F
(-2.8° F)
0 mi
0.9 in
3.6 mph
20.6 mph
1.3 mph
Northwest (324°)
Salisbury, NC (SALI)
45.7° F
(-2.4° F)
0 mi
24.3° F
(-1.7° F)
0 mi
1.2 in
2.6 mph
29.9 mph
1.4 mph
North Northwest (335°)
Siler City, NC (SILR)
46.5° F
(-2.7° F)
5 mi
24.2° F
(-4.6° F)
5 mi
0.9 in
3.1 mph
16.2 mph
1.5 mph
North Northwest (329°)
Taylorsville, NC (TAYL)
44.8° F
25.1° F
1.4 in
2.2 mph
44.5 mph
1.2 mph
Northwest (311°)
Wallace, NC (WILD)
48.6° F
(-8.1° F)
8 mi
28.8° F
(-6° F)
8 mi
1.7 in
4.3 mph
45 mph
1.7 mph
Northwest (308°)
Waynesville, NC (WAYN)
42.5° F
(-4.5° F)
0 mi
21.6° F
(0° F)
0 mi
2.2 in
1.6 mph
18.8 mph
0.5 mph
North Northeast (19°)
Whiteville, NC (WHIT)
48.8° F
(-7.7° F)
0 mi
28.5° F
(-4° F)
0 mi
1 in
2.7 mph
21.6 mph
1.3 mph
Northwest (316°)
Williamston, NC (WILL)
46.9° F
(-5.1° F)
4 mi
29° F
(-2.9° F)
4 mi
2.1 in
2.9 mph
22.8 mph
1.4 mph
Northwest (304°)
Legend:
Parameter
Parameter's value approximated from hourly data.
( +/- Departure from normal )
Distance to reference station

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