North Carolina has a complex climate due to its three distinct regions: the Mountains, the Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain. Climate affects many aspects of our daily lives such as agriculture, environment, transportation, tourism, and public health.
The State Climate Office of North Carolina was established in 1976, originally at UNC-Chapel Hill, and moved to NC State University in 1980. The mission of the State Climate Office is to provide climate related services to the state, local, and federal agencies, businesses and the citizens of North Carolina. In 1998, the UNC Board of Governors formally approved it as a Public Service Center.