It has been a mild winter across eastern North Carolina. I've talked about the warmth since December in past blogs, which has averaged about 5 degrees above normal. Even the first week of February has averaged 5 degrees above normal. More seasonable weather can be expected for the next 4 or 5 days. In fact, the weekend will have some of the coldest weather we've seen this season with highs only in the lower 40s Sunday afternoon. At this point there does not seem to be much moisture associated with the turn to colder this weekend although the mountains will likely see a few snowflakes. We will see some moderation of the cold early next week but seasonable weather conditions are likely to continue much of next week.
This winter contrasts significantly with the last two winters when temperatures averaged about 3 to 4 degrees below normal. Some would argue it is nature's way of bringing balance to the weather pattern. For many of us it has meant slightly lower heating bills this year and that is good news. We still have about 4 to 5 weeks before we close the door on significant snow across eastern North Carolina. So far we haven't seen even a threat. Of course, I remember 1983 when it did not snow the entire winter. Three days after spring began we had 5 to 7 inches of snow in most locations. Yes, I remember March 24 and 25, 1983. Unfortunately, many of the budding flowers and shrubs were killed that year.