Now that 2012 is in the record books here’s the highlights of what was a warm and dry year in the Charlotte region.
In no particular order because it’s always hard to compared events against each other. Here are the ten biggest weather story of 2012 for our area.
It’s only 10 days into December and people are already writing off this winter as being warm with no snow. Kind of funny so early to be downplaying the rest of the winter on just 10 days worth of weather. We are only 11% of the way into meteorological winter. Which means this is the equivalent of saying you are going to lose a football game 6 minutes into the 1st quarter.
The number one question asked of me in the past few days has been this. With the recent warm spell and the calendar turning to December the nature tendency is to wonder, but how soon we forget November. November in Charlotte was 1.5° below average and was the 12th coolest November since 1939.
With the calendar flipping over to December and the beginning of meteorological winter it’s time to start thinking about winter weather. In particular, snow and ice in the Charlotte region. Of all the weather I have to forecast snow might be the one thing that people ask and talk about more than any other. I think this might have to do with the unique blend of northern transplants who grew up with snow and the local southern residents who feel like they rarely see it. Either way this combination makes for a hot topic around snow time in the Charlotte region. Read more
Well looky here a little sneak attack of much-needed rain just might develop Wednesday-Friday for the Carolinas. Not that I’m complaining because we need the rain bad. The cold front that moved in today stalsl offshore tonight as a weak area of low pressure tries to form in northern Florida tomorrow. Read more
It’s that time of year again for my annual winter forecast for the Southeast. Over the past 8 years I have had my ups and downs in my winter forecasting. Seasonal forecasting is very difficult and I learned a valuable lesson in that last year with a horrible miss. The combination of a strong La Nina and positive NAO all winter gave us one of the warmest winters in years across the Carolinas. That miss last year put by record at 5-3 in my winter forecasts.
This year is proving to be just a tough as EL Nino is fading and the amount of warming over parts of the artic due to sea ice loss is added to the difficulty in this years forecast. So lets start with a few of the parameters I’m looking at.
The primary Doppler radar from the National Weather Service is located in Greer, SC. The radar has been down for the past week or so for upgrades. This is one of many radars I rely on to cover the western Carolinas including our own c-band Doppler radar located in Dallas in Gaston county. The Greer Doppler radar is going through a major upgrade to Dual-Polarization. Dual-polarization is simply just sending out 2 beams of energy from radar rather than one. One beam is sent out in the vertical the other in the horizontals. the most important benefit of this is to get a better measurement of the size and shape of precipitation. Through software algorithms we will be able to detect many more aspect of precipitation. Below is visualization of the radar differences Read more
Update…. after commenter asked bout the gravel pit near 485 and Nations Ford. I cheked it out and it is indeed the lowest spot at 267′.
So like many who read my blog post on the highest point in Mecklenburg Co. I too was interested in the natural next step. What’s the lowest point? Right away I figured like many it would be along Lake Wylie near the state line. This makes sense since Lake Wylie is still part of the Catawba river and it flows down hill towards the Atlantic Ocean. So naturally it should be the lowest point in the county. Well it is if you want just the “natural” low spot of 528’ above sea level.