Now that April is almost over the temperatures this month are looking closer to average. Though looking back this months temperatures are starting to really put March in perspective. Remember March 2012 in Charlotte was the second warmest on record. That record book goes back 134 years to 1878. The main reason for all the warm air in March was a very stagnant weather pattern a lack of snow cover and drier weather.
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For most of you the fact that we had a warm March isn’t a shock, but that fact that is wasn’t number one on the list might be. March 1945 will remain the warmest on record in the Charlotte weather records which go back to 1878. It was the warmest March since the official weather station was moved from Uptown to the airport in 1939.
With the very mild winter and very warm start to spring the questions about this summer continue to pour in. The typical question or comment usually goes something like this, “if its this warm now can’t imagine what it will be like this summer”. The only problem with this train of thought is that there is no direct connection whatsoever from winter temperatures to summer temperatures.
Severe weather watches:
When widespread severe weather is possible across North Carolina, the National Weather Service will issue a watch. Watches are issued for tornadoes…severe thunderstorms and floods. A watch provides you a heads up alerting you that severe weather is expected in the near future. As storms develop…they could become life threatening and damaging. Watches are intended to raise situational awareness and allow you time to prepare.
Todays Topic is Flooding
Flood related deaths are a serious nationwide problem. Nationwide…flooding causes more fatalities than any other type of severe weather. Several factors contribute to flooding. The two main factors are the intensity of rainfall and how long rain occurs over any given location. Urbanization…topography…soil type and soil moisture also play roles in the severity of flood conditions.
With near record high temperatures today the ingredients are coming together for more severe weather Friday and Saturday. Much like the last threat the majority of the severe weather will be to our west. The potential is there for a major Tornado outbreak over Kentucky and Tennessee into the Ohio Valley Friday afternoon and evening.
A large a very powerful storm system will be moving towards the Carolinas this weekend. This storm is already forming over Texas today and will intensify over the Gulf Coast late tonight. Then it will move over the Carolinas and off the North Carolina coast during the evening on Sunday. Saturday will be just fine around the Charlotte area until late in the day when clouds will start to increase. Saturday night rain will spread across the region from the south and west. Some of this rain will be heavy at times especially Sunday morning. We could pick up between 1-2” of rainfall in some locations by Sunday afternoon.
The weekend storm is going to be good one just not wintry for everyone. This is going to be a big wind and rain maker for the piedmont but a potentially good snow storm for the mountains and up into the Mid-Atlantic. Not bad considering it’s Presidents Day weekend and lots of skiers will be in the mountains ready for snow. Read more