North Carolina Climate
Most of the North Carolina area experiences a humid subtropical
climate with those in higher elevations of the Appalachians an exemption
as they have a humid continental climate. For starters, a humid
subtropical climate is characterized by hot humid summers and chilly
mild winters and that rain showers often occur in most areas. The humid
continental climate on the other hand is marked by variable weather
patterns and seasonal temperature variance, meaning the temperature
between the hottest and coldest months, sometimes may range between 33
degree Celsius and -22 degree Celsius, although the temperature in most
of the State ranges from 10 degrees Celsius (the coldest: January) to 32
degrees Celsius (the warmest: July). North Carolina's kind of climate
varies from the Atlantic coast in the Appalachian Mountain range.
Average rainfall in North Carolina ranges from forty-five to fifty
inches a year, with July the month of July bringing the most
precipitation, as the warm season attributed to 15% of the rain due to
tropical cyclones. Snow is regularly seen in the mountains, while most
of the State experiencing 5 inches of snow every year.
Some areas have
registered less than two inches like Wilmington having 1.9 inches of
snow and Cape Hetteras with two inches while others have documented a
much higher snow fall range, with Charlotte averaging 6.5 inches,
Raleigh at 7.5 inches and Piedmont at 9 inches. The mountains in the
area have served as shield to possible thicker snow fall in the State.
North Carolina's proximity to the Atlantic Coast has made the area
frequent stopovers of hurricanes.
Some of the most devastating hurricanes are category 4 Hurricane
Hazel (1954) that caused major destruction and category 3 Hurricane Fran
(1996) that caused landfall in Cape Fear. North Carolina's experience of
economic loss is deeply attributed to severe weather caused by summer
thunderstorms and tornados. Despite situated outside the tornado alley,
North Carolina still experiences an average two to three tornadoes a
Spring in North Carolina serves as transition from winter to summer.
Here is the time when temperature is slowly rising after the cold
weather , especially in the month of May. This is also the time when
humidity is at its lowest and when tornadoes are most likely to happen.
Hot temperatures in North Carolina happens in summer, although places in
higher elevations remains colder and as stated earlier, thunderstorms
and cyclones usually happen during this season. Temperatures during fall
change at its fastest, especially in October and November leading to
winter. The average winter temperature in the area: -12 degrees Celsius
although -34 degrees Fahrenheit was tabulated in January 21, 1985 at
Mount Mitchell, the highest recorded temperature in the State.