Motivation

Studying ice events is important because ice can have negative impacts on the residents of North Carolina.  Such impacts include car accidents, power outages, wind chill, frostbite, and hypothermia. Understanding where most ice occurs can help emergency managers to better prepare.  For this project we explored the eight climate divisions of North Carolina to determine which experienced the most ice.  Our hypothesis is that most ice events occur in the Piedmont region.

 

 

Method

First we identified the eight climate divisions of North Carolina. Then we pulled data from the State Climate Office of North Carolina's CRONOS database. Next we summed up the number of days where ice was observed for each Winter season (November 1st through March 31st) between 2004-2009, then took the average of those values. These data were graphed and analyzed using Microsoft Office Excel.

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Introduction

Motivation and Method

Data Results

Mountain Results

Piedmont Results

Coastal Plain Results

Conclusions and Future Work