The entire month of March has been chilly overall, a trend that will continue today before warmer weather finally moves in tomorrow. If the whole weather pattern has confused you lately, you’re not alone — Mother Nature seems to have swapped February and March in central North Carolina:
The fact that March has been cooler than February isn’t unheard of — dating back to the 1880s, there have been ten other years in which that pattern occurred. But the 8.5 degree drop we’ve seen this year is BY FAR the largest drop on record…the next-biggest is a 3.7 degree difference between February and March in 1891.
But the month of March isn’t over! A big warm-up tomorrow and Thursday will help adjust this month’s average temperature slightly upward — so while it’s been the 5th-coldest March on record to this point, we’ll “only” end up in the top 20 by the time all is said and done.
The warmer weather definitely isn’t here yet today…cold air is trapped against the Piedmont, and cloud cover will block the late March sunshine, so temperatures will only warm up to around 50 degrees in the Triangle this afternoon:
If you’ve been yearning for warmer weather, tomorrow is the day you’ve been waiting for. Strong southwesterly winds will kick in by late morning, helping to disperse the clouds and transport the warm air into central North Carolina. After morning lows in the 40s, afternoon highs will climb to the 70s:
Even warmer on Thursday, with highs approaching 80 degrees!
A cold front will sweep across the area Thursday night and Friday, bringing some showers and maybe a thunderstorm or two. That front will bring temperatures down to the 60s over Easter weekend, which is exactly normal for late March and early April:
At this point, I’m not concerned about severe weather on Friday — in fact, I don’t think the atmosphere will be unstable enough for anything more than a few rumbles of thunder. That said, it’s springtime, so we’ll keep an eye out for any storms that look mischievous.
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