WWW = Warm Winter Weather

January 31st, 2012 at 6:50 am by under Weather

With all the warm weather this season, I’ve had MANY questions lately on whether or not this is a record warm winter.  Or is it one of the least snowy winters on record?  I chatted with our friends at the National Weather Service in Wilmington yesterday… and they shared some historical statistics with me.  First, yes, it has been an above normal season.  If you recall, December ended above normal temperature-wise… and this month follows suit:

December:  +5.2°
January:  +2.4°

Despite this, December 2011 and January 2012 didn’t even make the top 10 warmest months!  Here’s a look at the warmest January’s on record:

So… no… not a record warm winter so far.  And as for least snowiest winters on record… we DO crack the top-10 on this list:

And all of this while we’ve been WAY above-normal in precip… we’ve had lots of RAIN!  For the month of January, we are almost two inches above normal.  And we have more rain in the forecast as a cold front heads our way.  Ahead of the front this morning, we’re starting off very mild, with temperatures a good 20-27 degrees above the normal low for the day:

The afternoon looks unseasonably mild again, too… with highs in the upper 50s to right around 60 degrees.  It will be another breezy one, however, so expect a little wind resistance if you’re out for a walk or jog.  This becomes especially difficult when pushing two kids in a double-baby jogger.  :)

A cold front moves in tonight, bringing in the chance of rain after 9 or 10pm.  Any precipitation will be pretty light, and most of it will be gone early Wednesday.  There is still a slight chance of morning showers in the southern and eastern counties.  Clouds may hang on for awhile Wednesday afternoon, but high pressure brings the return of sunshine for Thursday.  There is not a big push of cold air behind this front, either.  Highs remain in the mid-upper 40s as we finish the week.

The next storm still looks like it will affect us over the weekend.  The computer models have been ALL over the place with this one, and the latest runs look to bring more warm air into the picture.  So this may end up being a rainy storm rather than a wintry mix one.  We will continue to watch it, as the storm really hasn’t even developed yet, and thus a change in track, timing, etc is totally possible.  Stay tuned!

Jamie
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