Imagine living in San Diego for a moment. Highs range from the mid 60s in the winter to around 80° in the summer. Annual rainfall is under 10 inches, most of which falls in a total of 3 or 4 days over the winter. Snowflake sightings come once every several years or so, and typically never amount to more than a dusting. Sound like paradise? Not for this meteorologist.
When it comes to different types of weather, there is not much that doesn't occur here in the Coastal Plain The winter season can be the most challenging with potential snow, sleet, freezing rain, and black ice to contend with. On the flip side, the summer and autumn bring the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes, with the many forecast challenges they bring. In addition, we can and often do deal with: tornadoes, hail, downbursts, frequent lightning, flash flooding, and river flooding, Lets not forget some of the non-traditional threats we also deal with: heat warnings, wind chill warnings, dense fog, surf advisories, dangerous rip currents, and even dangerous wildfires.
We may not get earthquakes, but we deal with just about everything else imaginable. Forecasting the weather here provides a new and unique challenge with almost every new day. There are not many areas in the US that offer such a wide variety of weather elements. For a "weather geek" like myself, that's fantastic. With every new storm or frontal boundary comes a sense of anticipation. What will this system bring us? The peace and serenity of an 80 degree sunny day can finish with powerful storms blasting towards the coast There aren't many dull weather days in eastern Carolina...and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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