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Submitted by Tim Buckley on Mon, 01/31/2011 - 8:22am.
What a weekend! Two great days of weather with sunny skies and warm weather made for a great little vacation from the cold winter we're enduring. But Sunday told us a little bit about the weather pattern that we can expect once we move ahead into the Spring season. Let me explain..
If you look at the high temperatures from Sunday across the region, you notice clearly that the warmth evaded a couple of locations:
Highs in the 70's were common in nearly all of our inland counties, but look at the coast. Myrtle Beach only made it to 63, Wilmington at 67, Southport at 59 -- and some remote stations at Wrightsville Beach showed afternoon temps only in the mid 50's! That's a huge spread in temps over a very small area.
Of course it all has to do with the ocean. With the near record cold winter we've had so far, water temperatures are WAY below normal. Buoy temperatures have been in the 40's for the last month, and we don't expect these to warm up very quickly any time soon. What does that mean?
Well once we head into the Spring, we'll continue to see more days like yesterday -- sunny skies, with a warm airmass moving in from the south. The problem is, if you head to the coast, you'll continue to find surprisingly chilly air temperatures at the beaches. So a 70 degree day in Wilmington will continue to be a 60 degree day at Wrightsville Beach. (Bummer dude!)
How long will this last? Well, we just have to play the waiting game until the water warms up. With the ocean being colder than usual, it will take a little longer for things to get better. But by May everything should work itself out where even the beaches will enjoy some warm and sunny days.
And doesn't that sound fine?
By: Tim Buckley