Despite bitter cold, January’s been pretty average

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Submitted: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 7:00pm
Updated: Sun, 01/26/2014 - 9:52pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This cold weather seems like it just keeps going on and on and on. But has it really been that cold that long in southeastern North Carolina?

From 23-degree morning temperatures to tiny snowflakes in Wilmington (Yes, they were tiny. Really tiny, but they still count), snow-wonder why people think January has been C-O-L-D cold. But before you fly farther south for the winter check out some evidence that says otherwise.

Wilmington spent 15 of the past 23 days at or above seasonal averages. Normal temperatures for January run between 56 and 57 degrees, and actually Wilmington recorded a stretch of 70- and 60-degree weather just more than a week ago.

So why does it seem so cold? That’s easy. When it was below normal in Wilmington, it was well below normal. Statistically, though, only five days so far this month were in the 30s and 40s. Today, of course, is another one of those 30-degree days, and it looks like below-normal temperatures headline the rest of this month.

That makes January about half and half. Or just about average.


  • 211 says:

    Are you nuts? Pay my heating bill. And in case you didn’t notice, this isn’t New Jersey.

  • welderpat says:

    sounds a lot better the the weather in New Jersey…:)

  • BethanyS says:

    Maybe it’s the start of spring?!

    But if it gets any golder again it just makes me appreciate the summer so much more!

  • craig says:

    the past 2 winters have been mild, so that makes this winter feel very cold. Heck we did not even turn the heat on the past 2 winters. We sure have this year.

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