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Frigid February puts winter 2014-15 in the record books

Posted March 6, 2015

How the winter of 2014/2015 stacked up against other winters in Raleigh.

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.

Ranking Feb. 2015

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  • John Lobenstein Mar 7, 2015
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    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/70174
    Mother nature seems to disagree with the AGW doom and gloomers.

  • John Lobenstein Mar 7, 2015
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    You might want to rethink your advocacy of doom and gloom

  • Jenna Brutegrrl Mar 6, 2015
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    The rise in global temperature that ended the last glaciation actually resulted in period of cooling as a result of glacial meltwater entering the Atlantic ocean and affecting the Gulf Stream c. 8,200 years ago.

    Yes, a rise in average global temperature can produce severe cold spells in certain areas. Enjoy the cold weather while you can.

  • Jenna Brutegrrl Mar 6, 2015
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    Chaotic weather patterns such as we've been experiencing are exactly what are to be expected from a rise in average global surface temperature.

    #science

  • John Lobenstein Mar 6, 2015
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    I did not support AGW so my comment got thrown away.

  • Mike Berthold Mar 6, 2015
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    Red on the left side of the map. My bad.

  • Mike Berthold Mar 6, 2015
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    Guess you missed the graphic that shows a substantially larger portion of the US is being hit with record heat. Its at the bottom. Looks like a little picture of the United States. See the 2 small areas that have "Record Coldest" temperatures and then the big red area on the right that shows "Record Warmest".

  • Jeff DeWitt Mar 6, 2015
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    Much more of this pesky global warming (or whatever they are calling it this week) and we are all going to freeze.

    As to US 64 that's politics, not science, as is most everything to do with global warming.

  • Nate Johnson Mar 6, 2015
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    Ad hominem attacks aside, Raleigh was never forecast to be "beach front property" in 2015, nor is that likely even in 100 years. Our coast, however has already begun to see sea levels rise (see: http://econ.appstate.edu/climate/NCSummary.pdf) and estimates of expected sea level rise are already prompting the DOT to take steps to preserve vulnerable stretches of US-64 (http://climate.dot.gov/documents/workshop1002/workshop.pdf).