Weather conditions across eastern North Carolina were volatile this winter but the overall averages were close to normal. A review of the data indicates that averaging all daily highs and nightly lows would give us 44.83° for the winter months of December through February. Last year the average was 47.24° or 2.39° above the long-term average. For most folks it was considered a mild winter. This year was a bit colder. The final average was 44.87° or .04° above the long-term average. Consequently, this past winter was considered normal when it comes to temperatures. Rainfall for the period was well below the average while snowfall was actually slightly above average. I'll be updating rainfall and snowfall totals at the end of March. Much of our area is still in a moderate drought but last weekend's rainfall did help alleviate the extremely dry conditions.
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