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SNOW! Recapping the white Christmas weekend - plus a look at the week ahead

You wished for snow? You got it! Well, as long as you live in the right spot. From a trace to a dusting along the coast - to upwards of six inches in our inland counties - big ranges in snowfall were found across the area this Christmas weekend as the major winter storm swept across the area as predicted.

Here's a list of some selected snow totals across Southeastern North Carolina:

But even though our area was closest to the storm center, the highest totals by far in the state were found in the north-central part of North Carolina. Rocky Mount, Roanoke Rapids, Wilson, and Goldsboro all saw totals at or above ten inches. And of course, Asheville picked up a record setting 7" of snow on Christmas Day (10" for the weekend) - making Allen Perry's promise of free jewelry an expensive one. 

Here are some selected totals from across the state:

And did you know you could see snow from a satellite thousands of feet in the air? This morning's visible satellite image shows exactly that. Looking at the picture below you can clearly see exactly what areas are snow covered here in Southeastern North Carolina. A visible satellite image simply records the visible light that is reflected back to space. This typically comes from clouds, but can also come from snow and ice which are highly reflective. In the winter, you'll frequently find images that look like this one through the Midwest and Great Lakes where there is frequent snow cover, but this is a rarity here in our area.

If you look closely, you can see little dark spots within the white snow cover. This shows streams, rivers and even dense tree cover that interrupt the snow cover. On a still image, this is your hint that these are not clouds - but snow being seen from above.

And while this weekend was the only white one so far here in Wilmington this month, December has been a wintry one for the record books so far. A number of impressive stats make this month about as cold as it gets here in the Port City. Let's look at some of the numbers:

So far our average temperature for the month of 38.0° is 11.4° is on pace to set the record for coldest December here in Wilmington. To put this in perspective, the normal average temperature in New York City for December is 38.8° - that's warmer than our month so far.

Nearly each and every day has gotten off to a chilly start this month. 17 out of 27 days have had lows in the 20's or colder, with two mornings in the teens. As of Sunday, 25 out of 26 days have been below normal this month (that's every day since December 1st when we were 70°). The streak of 25 straight days below normal is a December record here in Wilmington (and we're still going!).

Of course it would be nice to see some warmer weather down the line for those of us that aren't fond of the freezing weather. Well there is some good news. The Jet Stream which is so deeply entrenched across the Deep South right now will lift north by the end of the week. In fact, we think that we'll see some above normal air for the first time in over a month by the time New Year's rolls around.

Bust out the shorts!!

We'll end by showcasing some great viewer photos of the snow sent in over the weekend. Enjoy!

Hope you continue to have a great holiday season! Stay warm out there!

- TB


By: Tim Buckley


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