WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - 2013 probably won't go down as the most historic weather year in southeast North Carolina, but as we look back there certainly were some memorable events. With 2013 winding down we would like to take a look back at our top five weather stories.
This year was full of outbreaks of gusty thunderstorms. One of the biggest complexes of severe thunderstorms occurred on June 13, about a week after tropical storm Andrea. Other notable severe weather days were: January 30, June 10, June 27, and September 3.
Do you remember the record breaking early snowfall we received on the morning of November 13. It wasn't much! In fact it was only a dusting. However up until this year Wilmington had never seen snow on the ground prior to November 14. Trace amounts of snow were also re cored at ILM on February 16 and 17.
We saw below normal temperatures for nine out of twelve months at ILM. Only January, October, and December were above normal. The summer of 2013 was noticeably cooler than the scorching heat we saw in both 2011 and 2012. The number of days with highs of 90 degrees or higher was sharply lower this year and we never saw a day with a high over 100.
A very wet June. Wilmington recorded over 11 inches of rain according to the National Weather Service, making it the second wettest June on record. The entire state of North Carolina recorded its second wettest June on record, effectively eliminating any lingering drought over eastern North Carolina to that point. Since June the pattern turned dry once again. Now all of southeast North Carolina is classified as abnormally dry by the U.S. drought monitor.
Tropical storm Andrea. Andrea formed in the central Gulf of Mexico on June 5 and made landfall along the northwestern coast of the Florida Peninsula on June 6. Andrea then moved across: Georgia, South Carolina, and central North Carolina as a minimal tropical storm.
Andrea's rainfall totals were another matter! Much of central North Carolina west of I-95 recorded between 5 to 7 inches of rain. ILM recorded 5.47 inches of rain. Most totals in southeast North Carolina were in the 2 to 3 inch range.
Andrea produced very little damage. However before the main storm's arrival a small tornado did touchdown in Varmentown in Brunswick county early on the morning of June 6.
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