@TrentMWeather yeah that's why I didn't even try, way too steep.
It’s January 12h and so far the New Year has been the deep freeze, here’s how the temperatures have looked so far.
Frozen fountain in Huntersville, NC via Younews at wcnc.com
PRELIMINARY LOCAL CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA (WS FORM: F-6)
STATION: CHARLOTTE NC
LATITUDE: 35 12 N
LONGITUDE: 80 57 W
TEMPERATURE IN F: CPN: SNOW: WIND :SUNSHINE: SKY K WND
1 2 3 4 5 6A 6B 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
12Z AVG MX 2MIN
DY MAX MIN AVG DEP HDD CDD WTR SNW DPTH SPD SPD DIR MIN PSBL S-S WX SPD DR
1 50 31 41 -1 24 0 0.00 0.0 0 5.1 15 330 M M 7 12 20 320
2 34 19 27 -15 38 0 0.00 0.0 0 8.5 18 310 M M 1 25 300
3 34 15 25 -17 40 0 0.00 0.0 0 7.1 16 310 M M 3 22 310
4 38 17 28 -14 37 0 0.00 0.0 0 7.1 14 330 M M 0 18 320
5 38 16 27 -15 38 0 0.00 0.0 0 6.7 15 300 M M 3 23 340
6 41 18 30 -12 35 0 0.00 0.0 0 5.8 13 310 M M 0 20 310
7 47 15 31 -11 34 0 0.01 0.0 0 6.6 22 230 M M 6 8 30 220
8 36 20 28 -13 37 0 T 0.0 0 9.7 18 360 M M 8 25 350
9 37 16 27 -14 38 0 0.00 0.0 0 7.7 17 350 M M 4 21 350
10 39 17 28 -13 37 0 0.00 0.0 0 5.0 12 330 M M 0 16 330
11 45 15 30 -11 35 0 T T 0 4.2 16 190 M M 5 20 190
SM 439 199 393 0 0.01 T 73.5 M 37
AV 39.9 18.1 6.7 FASTST M M 3 MAX(MPH)
MISC ----> # 22 230 # 30 220
AVERAGE MONTHLY: 29.0
DPTR FM NORMAL: -12.6
Notice all this negative numbers below average and for the month it’s –12.6° below, that is some serious cold especially after December was –4.5° below average.
It may seem like it will never get warm and you maybe are very sick of it by now but it’s not all bad. There are many good benefits from the cold. I thought I would put a sliver lining on the deep freeze, with my 6 reasons the cold isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some humor and some real benefits and in no particular order. LOL
#6 If you have a warm season grass like Bermuda you can finally kill it off and get it our of the yard. It’s not hard to miss since it’s almost pure white by now next to your fescue grass.
#5 If you have a dog you know picking up after them can be a pain, at least now the poop is frozen and very easy to dispose of.
#4 You have a built in excuse to not exercise outdoors, wash you car, do yard work or do anything that requires you to be outside for longer than 15 minutes. (except golf it’s never too cold to golf)
#3 You get to wear all those awesome warm weather clothes you have in your closet but never get to wear.
#2 No mud to worry about since the ground is frozen you can’t track it in your house.
#1 All those pesky insects are being killed off, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, termites, cockroaches and dare I say the Canker worms. They won’t all die but it sure gives us a fighting chance in the spring!
October splendor is here in the Carolinas and in my humble opinion this is the best month weather wise in the Carolinas. April would be a close second but for reasons I’ll explain October might be the best month of the year. October is usually defined weather wise as a month with mild sunny days and cool nights. You have to love that the average high for October is 73 and the average low is 51. April by the way is actually a tad cooler with an average high equal to October at 73 but an average low of 49 which is cooler. April is dryer and the driest month all year at 2.95" of average rainfall compared to Octobers 3.66", but it always seems like there is more in April especially with the severe weather. Octobers has autumn color of trees changing from green to a rainbow of colors, and April has the rainbow of spring flowers. Seems like a tie until you think about allergies, while rag weed and mold can be a problem in October, April has just about every allergen known to man in the air. Combine that with the lack of rainfall to clean those allergens and that could seal the deal.
Things are looking pretty good for the annual ride through Myers Park.
Temperatures will be warming up Saturday afternoon, but rain chances remain small and dew points will be pretty nice for late July. The humidity levels will be decreasing most of Friday and into Friday night making for good riding which will last into Saturday. Winds will be swinging around to the Northwest late Friday and then back to the Southwest late Saturday. Here is where you might run into head winds on the course.
Friday night as you can see headwinds likely Friday night along the western part of the loop, but the wind speeds here will ne about 3-6 mph from the northwest. Good thing this is mostly downhill which will offset the pedaling need to battle the headwinds.
Saturday the winds will be swinging around to the southwest so headwinds will hit you in the eastern part of the course and the wind speed will increase with daytime heating to around 10-15 mph.
Temperatures will be seasonally cool Friday night through Saturday morning. Late Saturday temperature will approach 90 degrees with sunshine so hydration will be a concern for all the day time riders Saturday.
Here’s an hour by hour forecast of course conditions graphed out.
Conditions should be ideal for this time of year will a nice Friday night through Saturday morning, rain free and a tad cool for this time of the year. Saturday the heat builds along with some humidity so the afternoon through evening riding Saturday will be the warmest along with the biggest headwinds. Unlike years past thunderstorms chances are much lower and the only threat from storms will come Saturday late afternoon and evening around 30%.
Friday night partly clear low near 66
Saturday partly sunny with a 30% chance for storms highs around 90.
I’ll keep updating for the forecast for riders during the week via Twitter.
The Charlotte area has been going through a pretty cool period temperature wise since the beginning of 2008. May 2009 was able to be 0.1 degrees above average but it was only the 4th month above average in the past 16 months. Overall the past year and 4 months has been a cool one. One statistic that went almost unnoticed by many including myself was that in the 2008 calendar year Charlotte had the second shortest growing season on record. The growing season is defined by the time between the last freeze in the Spring and the first freeze in the autumn. Last year 2008 that period was a mere 186 days, the last freeze was 4/16 and the first freeze was 10/20 last year. The shortest growing season on record here is 181 days set in 1963. When you look at the top ten shortest growing seasons in Charlotte history 5 or half of them have occurred since the year 2000.
LONGEST/SHORTEST PERIOD BETWEEN LAST AND FIRST FREEZE
Okay so it seems like it has been a wet Spring when it really has just been near average. That was until May hit, this month will go on record as the 3rd wettest May in the past 34 years. To date(5/29) we have received 7.29” of rainfall at the airport that is 3.99” above average and now makes us 1.53” above for the year(19.72” in 2009).
Wettest Mays in the past 34 years
May 1975 12.48”
May 2003 10.69”
May 2009 7.29”
Digging deeper into the numbers its amazing that this May we have seen more rain then the previous 4 Mays combined! Goes to show you how dry the past few years have been in the Spring.
May 2009 7.29”
May 2004-2008 6.45”
Some other interesting facts are that we set 2 daily rainfall records this month, May 5th 2.40” and again on May 24th 1.03” (Coca-Cola 600 Sunday).
Other notes both the wet Mays of 2003 and again this May 2009 have been responsible for eliminating drought conditions completely across the Carolinas in both those years.
Charlotte Rainfall wettest & driest months and years. (Source NOAA)
|DRIEST MONTHS||DRIEST YEARS|
|WETTEST MONTHS||WETTEST YEARS|
The NWS in Marquette MI writes:
Due to the recent cold spell and below normal temperatures for much of the winter of 2008-2009, ice covers nearly all of Lake Superior. Only small areas of open water remain. This image was taken on Tuesday, March 3rd. If arctic air does not return in the next couple of weeks, it is likely that this will be the day of maximum ice cover on Lake Superior for this winter as warmer weather and periods of stronger winds through the end of this week will cause open water areas to expand.
Notice all the snow showing up 2 day after the storm, all the white except what over the Atlantic is snow cover on the ground!