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Spring starts with see-sawing temperatures

Posted March 20, 2011

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— The first day of spring in North Carolina will see normal temperatures, but for the next week, temperatures will be see-sawing above and below the seasonal averages.

Spring officially begins with the vernal equinox at 7:21 p.m. Sunday.

The day's high is likely to be in the low 60s – about normal for this time of year, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. He said "there's a very slight chance of a sprinkle late in the day or tonight, but most of us are going to miss out on those."

Overnight, a warm front will roll through North Carolina.

"Monday, we see a warming trend kick off," Moss said.

Monday will see a high around 75 degrees, and Tuesday will be even warmer – up into the low 80s. Temperatures stay above normal through Thursday.

Then on Friday, they will crash when a cold front comes arrives. Friday and next Saturday will likely see highs in the upper 50s.

Records for the first day of spring:

Warmest high temperature: 88 degrees on 1948

Coolest high temperature: 33 degrees in 1914

Coldest low temperature: 23 degrees in 1982 and 1914

Wettest: 1.97 inches of rain in 1895

Most snow: 1.8 inches in 1908

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  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 22, 2011

    Maybe wral can esplain why the gail force winds for the 42nd day in a row now? What hasn't blown to another state already soon will.

  • visionofsamsara Mar 21, 2011

    "WRAL best be telling us where we can stock up on water and where we should recycle all the dead plants your forecasts are creating. "

    Weather forcasts give an estimate of what the weather is likely to be based on current data, data from previous years and specific weather systems. they do not control the weather and therefore do not create anything. there would be a drought whether they reported it or not.

  • Shamrock Mar 21, 2011

    Drierthanauntgertrude - go ahead and move away. You are never going to be happy here.

  • Shadow666 Mar 21, 2011

    We're doomed.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 21, 2011

    FIRE DANGER ALERTS all over the place, but wral refuses to warn the public. Why is that? There should be gail force wind warnings as well. She's blowing over captain.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 21, 2011

    Why doesn't wral mention how mnay days the wind has hammered the area too? This is day 42 and yes newcomers, it's always this windy around here.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 21, 2011

    WHO CARES about see-sawing temps, temps see-saw here all year long. That's why winter just said POOF and disappeared. WRAL best be telling us where we can stock up on water and where we should recycle all the dead plants your forecasts are creating. This is an EPIC drought folks and if you don't hoard water now you will only have yourselves to blame. Those who own boats, forget about it. The lakes will be dried up by June. It's so dry out there we didn't even have dew overnight. The ground was completely dry! When will the fountain boy start telling us the truth about this EPIC drought? Is he not over the fact that winter has ended?
    Oh and the morning lady, with the eye problems, said the sun would be out this afternoon, someone tell her to open them up and look outside, it's out now! They can't even get that correct. Pitiful.