The National Weather Service recently announced that Winter Weather Awareness Week will take place from December 2 to December 8. The National Weather Service will discuss a new topic on winter weather each day for a week.
For example, winter storms result from a variety of weather patterns. North Carolina often sits in the battleground between cold air from the north and west and moist air from the south and east.
Air colliding with moisture streaming from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean typically dictates the type of precipitation you see falling in your own backyard. Geography also plays a large role in our weather. North Carolina has the Appalachian Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east including the very warm Gulf Stream waters. The differences in temperature and moisture conditions can add lots of energy to developing winter storms.
Over the past few years there has been a lack of winter storms. The lack of real winter weather/storms should have us concerned when the next significant event does hit. Folks have forgotten what snow and ice look like and the further back in our minds these winter events become the less we prepare as a society.