A Cold And Stormy February

By: WITN Weather
By: WITN Weather

Long-range forecasts are now suggesting a cold and stormy February across the Southeast.

It has been a wet a chilly winter across North Carolina and the Southeast.  New forecasts over the past week suggest the trend for cold and wet conditions will not change anytime soon.  Much of eastern North Carolina has received over 25 inches of rain since early November.  That number represents about half the rainfall we get in an entire year.  Temperatures have averaged almost 3 degrees below normal since early December, which means we are having the coldest winter since 2002-2003 when it was between 3 and 4 degrees below normal.  The main culprit for our problem is El Nino in the Pacific Ocean and what meteorologists call a blocking pattern across Canada that forces storm systems to plow through the southern United States.  The good news is that spring begins next month. 

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  • by Thomas Location: NC on Feb 9, 2010 at 09:37 AM
    I'm so glad we have global warming can't imagine how cold it could get if that weren't the case. :)
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    any snow?
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Feb 6, 2010 at 01:08 AM
    Two caveats: First, spring begins at the end of the month after this month that has just began. The 21st of March. Six weeks and a day. Second, last year winter reigned all year, except for maybe a week or two of warm weather at the end of August. Hopefully it snaps back. Maybe we'll even get an unusually hot summer to make up for the lack of one in 2009. Also, wasn't 2005 an unusually cold winter, too? 2002 - 2005 - 2009. Is a brutal winter every 3-4 years normal or is it a new trend?

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