Here in ENC we have had a nice stretch of warm weather, but will the warmth really affect anything?
The normal high for Greenville is around 55 for the month of February. This month they have seen highs reach the low 80s twice and into the 70s eight times. It comes as no surprise with these temperatures seventeen days this month have had above average temperatures, leaving only four at or below average.
This is also the case for our coastal communities. Areas around Cape Hatteras have seen eighteen days with highs above average and only three days this month being at or below average.
Another topic to discuss with these warm and sunny days is that we are getting drier. Most of the area is considered abnormally dry for this time of year. Greenville has only received a little over an inch of rain so far this month. Average rainfall for this time of year is about two and a half inches, and the same goes for the coast. Cape Hatteras has seen 1.21 inches of rain when they normally get a little over three inches during this month.
With these abnormally warm temperatures, some are concerned about plants. Well, some plants actually thrive during mild winters. What hurts most plants are the sudden cold snaps or the see-saw in temperatures.
As long as we keep the warmer than average temperatures or slowly return to normal temperatures, most plants will do just fine.