February is starting out much warmer than January did. The first week of January was quite frigid. To top that, we had a couple of snow storms roll through and gave us measureable snow. I think, in contrast to a warm last year, we had a real winter this year. Let’s recap.
The average temperature across the east for the month of January is around 52 degrees (or lower 50s in general). The actual average high temperature for last month was 49 degrees (or upper 40s). The bulk of the warmer weather came in the second half of the month. The first week was pretty cold in that high temperatures barely reached 32 degrees some days but most days were in the upper 20s for daytime highs and overnight lows in the single digits and teens. Several cities even broke records on January 7th with overnight lows below zero. The third week of the month was also cooler than average, with daytime highs in the 30s and 40s and overnight lows in the 20s.
The 2nd and 4th weeks of the month were much warmer with daytime highs in the 60s and 70s. The average temperature for Cape Hatteras in January is 52.2 degrees but the actual average last month was 47.5 degrees. Greenville’s average temperature for the month is 52.1, while the actual average was 49.8 degrees. That was a similar story for Kinston and other places across the east. There were a few days where the temperatures were around average as well but when it was all said and done, we were generally cooler than average by about 4 degrees or so.
The next part of the story of January was the precipitation. We had to major winter storms, one at the start of the month and the other in the middle of the month. The first storm produced about 6-8 inches of snow across some inland portions, while the second storm produced up to 10 inches for the Northern Outer Banks and around the Albemarle Sound. The average snowfall for eastern North Carolina for a winter season is around 4 inches. Some places received the 4 inches and some received double the amount in one season. The 3rd storm was quite the rain maker and allowed for us get out of the abnormally dry category. Many places in the east received about 2 inches of rain on January 29th. While there is no snow in the forecast and temperatures are warmer for the start of February, there is another rain making storm that could give us about an inch to an inch and a half of rain this weekend. Whatever the forecast, we’ll have you covered.