Published: 2015-03-06 13:35:26
Updated: 2015-03-06 13:35:26
Posted March 6, 2015
By Nate Johnson
The second half of February was the coldest on record for every reporting station in North Carolina, according to the Southeastern Regional Climate Center, and that chilly conclusion pulled the winter of 2014-2015 into the much-colder-than-average category in Raleigh and Fayetteville.
We were likely headed for a below-average-temperature winter anyway, with December and January’s numbers for Raleigh and Fayetteville coming in on the colder side of the average.
Top that off with the fifth coldest February on record for Raleigh (out of 129 years) and the third coldest in Fayetteville (going back 114 years), and the result is a tie for the 23rd-coldest winter on record in Raleigh and 22nd-coldest on Fayetteville.
A persistent trough in the upper-level winds – a dip in the jet stream allowing colder air from the arctic and Canada to remain across the eastern United States – is the culprit for the colder-than-average winter in North Carolina and for much of the eastern US.