Orange County, North Carolina
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***SPECIAL NOTE...THE IDENTIFIER FOR THIS PRODUCT WILL CHANGE LATER TODAY. THE NEW IDENTIFIER WILL BE AWUS82 KRAH... RDURWSRAH. *** MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES AND SCATTERED AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS KEPT TEMPERATURES SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL YESTERDAY FOR THE LAST DAY OF JUNE ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA. HIGHS WERE IN THE MID AND UPPER 70S IN THE FOOTHILLS AND MOUNTAINS...WITH HIGHS BETWEEN 82 AND 87 FROM THE PIEDMONT TO THE COAST. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THAT DEVELOPED IN THE AFTERNOON ALONG A WEAK BOUNDARY ACROSS THE STATE DISSIPATED BEFORE MIDNIGHT...LEAVING MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES ACROSS MOST OF THE STATE. DENSE FOG HAS DEVELOPED IN MANY LOCATIONS THIS MORNING...ESPECIALLY IN THE MOUNTAINS AND ACROSS THE NORTHERN PIEDMONT. TEMPERATURES WERE IN THE LOWER 70S ACROSS THE COASTAL PLAIN TO THE COAST...MID AND UPPER 60S FROM THE FOOTHILLS THROUGH THE PIEDMONT...AND UPPER 50S TO LOWER 60S IN THE MOUNTAINS. HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE ATLANTIC WILL CONTINUE TO PUMP PLENTY OF MOIST AIR INTO THE STATE TODAY. THE ABUNDANT MOISTURE WILL ALLOW SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON. A FEW OF THE STRONGER STORMS COULD PRODUCE LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN AND SOME ISOLATED FLOODING...MAINLY IN THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS. AFTER A CLOUDY START...EXPECT SKIES TO BECOME PARTLY CLOUDY TODAY WITH HIGHS REACHING THE MID 80S IN MOST LOCATIONS...EXCEPT UPPER 70S TO LOWER 80S IN THE MOUNTAINS. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL BE MAINLY IN THE MID 60S TO LOWER 70S. THIS WEATHER PATTERN IS EXPECTED TO PERSIST FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. DGS/RFG
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WEATHER ROUNDUP FOR ORANGE COUNTY: Regional Hourly Observations


NOTE: "FAIR" INDICATES FEW OR NO CLOUDS BELOW 12,000 FEET WITH NO
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER AND/OR OBSTRUCTIONS TO VISIBILITY.

NCZ001-053-055-056-065-067-232000-
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
  
CITY           SKY/WX    TMP DP  RH WIND       PRES   REMARKS
ASHEVILLE      CLOUDY    42  40  92 S7        30.18F FOG              
JEFFERSON      LGT RAIN  38  38 100 CALM      30.16F                  
MORGANTON      DRIZZLE   38  38 100 N3        30.26S                  
HICKORY        CLOUDY    41  41 100 N6        30.22F FOG              
WILKESBORO     NOT AVBL                                               
RUTHERFORDTON  CLOUDY    43  43 100 N5        30.23F FOG              
MOUNT AIRY     RAIN      40  38  92 CALM      30.24F                  
BOONE          RAIN      38  38 100 CALM      30.18F                  
$$
 
NCZ021-022-025-041-071-084-088-232000-
CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA
  
CITY           SKY/WX    TMP DP  RH WIND       PRES   REMARKS
CHARLOTTE      LGT RAIN  43  40  89 NE9       30.22F                  
GREENSBORO     RAIN      38  38 100 N7        30.23F FOG     WCI  33  
WINSTON-SALEM  RAIN      38  37  97 NE8       30.24F FOG     WCI  32  
RALEIGH-DURHAM LGT RAIN  41  41 100 NE5       30.22F FOG              
FORT BRAGG     CLOUDY    43  43 100 NE7       30.18F FOG              
FAYETTEVILLE   FOG       45  43  93 NE8       30.19F VSB 1            
BURLINGTON     RAIN      41  39  93 N7        30.22F FOG              
ROXBORO        NOT AVBL                                               
HENDERSON      RAIN      38  38  97 NE6       30.23F WCI  34          
LOUISBURG      RAIN      41  41 100 CALM      30.25F                  
LAURINBURG     CLOUDY    45  44  97 NE9       30.20F FOG              
$$
 
NCZ011-015-027-028-043-044-047-080-103-232000-
NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
  
CITY           SKY/WX    TMP DP  RH WIND       PRES   REMARKS
ROCKY MT-WILSO LGT RAIN  44  43  96 VRB3      30.22F FOG              
GREENVILLE     CLOUDY    46  45  93 E9        30.20F                  
WASHINGTON     CLOUDY    47  46  93 E9        30.20F                  
ELIZABETH CITY LGT RAIN  48  46  93 E16       30.24F FOG              
MANTEO         RAIN      49  49  99 E15G21    30.24F                  
CAPE HATTERAS  LGT RAIN  63  56  78 E12       30.17F                  
$$
 
NCZ078-087-090-091-093-098-101-232000-
SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
  
CITY           SKY/WX    TMP DP  RH WIND       PRES   REMARKS
GOLDSBORO      LGT RAIN  46  44  92 NE5       30.19F                  
KINSTON        CLOUDY    48  46  93 NE7       30.20F                  
KENANSVILLE    CLOUDY    48  46  93 N5        30.20F                  
NEW BERN       CLOUDY    50  49  96 E9        30.19F                  
CHERRY POINT   CLOUDY    53  53 100 NE12      30.20F                  
BEAUFORT       CLOUDY    56  53  90 N12       30.17F                  
JACKSONVILLE   DRIZZLE   52  50  93 E8        30.16F FOG              
WILMINGTON     CLOUDY    52  48  86 VRB5      30.18F                  
$$

  

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FORECAST FOR ORANGE COUNTY: 7-Day Forecast
Sat Feb 23 13:05:35 EST 2019

.REST OF TODAY...Periods of rain and drizzle. Near steady
temperature in the lower 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.
Chance of rain near 100 percent. 
.TONIGHT...A chance of rain and drizzle in the evening, then
periods of rain and drizzle after midnight. Areas of fog. Near
steady temperature in the lower 40s. Northeast winds around
5 mph, becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of rain near
100 percent. 
.SUNDAY...Areas of fog in the morning. Cloudy with periods of
rain and drizzle in the morning, then mostly sunny with a chance
of sprinkles in the afternoon. Breezy and much warmer with highs
around 70. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming west 15 to
20 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph. Chance of rain
80 percent. 
.SUNDAY NIGHT...Clear, breezy with lows in the mid 30s. West
winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph, diminishing to 5 to
10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph after midnight. 
.MONDAY...Sunny, cooler with highs in the mid 50s. Northwest
winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. 
.MONDAY NIGHT...Clear, cold with lows in the lower 30s. 
.TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Highs in the upper
50s. Lows in the mid 30s. 
.WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid
50s. Lows in the upper 30s. 
.THURSDAY NIGHT...Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of
showers. Lows in the mid 30s. 
.FRIDAY...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers.
Highs around 50. 

12-48 Hr Surface Forecast Maps, TWC 4-Panel Surface Forecast, Fire Danger, Day 1 Precip, Day 2


MEDIUM & LONG RANGE OUTLOOK

                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY     120 DAY    180 DAY
                                           NOV05   NOV05-JAN06 DEC05-FEB06 FEB06-APR06
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   Temperature:      Below        Below     Normal     Normal     Normal     Normal
 Precipitation:      Above        Above     Normal     Normal     Normal     Normal

....  Medium and long range outlooks provided by NCEP/K. Thomas Priddy
6 to 10 Day , 8 to 14 Day , Text, 30-Day Outook, 90-Day Outook, 120-Day Outlook

ALMANAC INFORMATION

Saturday February 23, 2019 the 54th Day of Year

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SUN
Declination -9.560000
Distance 0.999723 AU
Rise 06:51 EST Set 18:04 EST
Transit Meridian 12:27 EST
Civil Twilight Begins 06:26 EST Ends 18:29 EST

Calculations made for central point in the state.
Time in ET -- and will vary due to location and
elevation -- Priddy


HISTORICAL WEATHER AND CLIMATE FACTS FOR TODAY

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FEBRUARY 23RD...HISTORIC WEATHER EVENTS...WITH KENTUCKY HIGHLIGHS...
...1802...
A great snowstorm raged along the New England coast producing 48 inches
of snow north of Boston. Three large ships from Salem were wrecked
along Cape Cod. (David Ludlum)
...1936...
A severe blizzard in the Sierra Nevada Range closed Donner Pass. It
stranded 750 motorists and claimed seven lives. (David Ludlum)
---------- KENTUCKY CLIMATE HIGHLIGHTS ---------
...FEBRUARY 1899...
February.  "The month will go down in Kentucky history as 'the
cold February'.  From the 9th to the 14th was a period of
unprecedented cold; the temperature in many portions of the State
going to 20 to 30 degrees below zero," and to -33 degrees F at
Sandy Hook on 2/11/1899.  In at least one location, "the Kentucky
River, solidly frozen, was possible for team and wagon."
Priddy, UKAWC
...1996...
The mercury climbed to 79 degrees at the Jackson KY NWS Weather Office. This 
reading represents the warmest February temperature ever recorded at the Jackson 
Weather Office since climate records begin in 1981.
(NWS Jackson, KY)

Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky