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A map of global sea surface temperature anomalies from October 2022

Winter Outlook for 2022-23: La Niña Lives On

A persistent Pacific pattern is back again, putting us in line for a rare triple-dip La Niña this winter. But with each of the past...
A photo of fall colors along the road in Macon County

Dry Weather Dominates a Cool, Crisp October

Most of the past month was rain-free, and also cooler than normal with a mid-month freeze event. Those conditions were ideal for leaf color, but...
A photo of fall leaf colors at Linville Peak on Grandfather Mountain

September Felt Like Summer to Start, then Fall at the Finish

September’s precipitation was dominated by Hurricane Ian, while fall-like temperatures accompanied the official season change. That has set us up for a timely leaf color...
A satellite image of Ian as it approached the Carolinas on September 30.

Rapid Reaction: Windy, Wet Ian Sweeps Through North Carolina

The remnants of Hurricane Ian crossed the Carolinas on Friday and Saturday, completing the storm’s week-long zig-zagging journey through the Caribbean, across Florida, and eventually...
A photo of farmers threshing wheat in Stanly County

Climate Curiosities: When Was Our Warmest Hour?

The dog days were downright dreadful this year, as part of an early-starting summer that rarely offered much relief, at least until last weekend. Statewide,...
A photo of lightning damage to a roadway in Oakboro, NC

A Warm, Wet July Extends Our Steamy Summer

The heat held on in July, joined by locally heavy rainfall that improved drought conditions. We also review recent weather using the new Almanac feature...