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Wilmington celebrates 140 years of weather observations

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NWS Building (Old U.S. Post Office building) at 4th and Chestnut circa 1890 (Source: National Weather Service) NWS Building (Old U.S. Post Office building) at 4th and Chestnut circa 1890 (Source: National Weather Service)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – April 1 marks the 140th anniversary of complete weather observations for Wilmington.

It may not be the oldest in the books, but it does represent the longest continuous observations.

To celebrate the anniversary, the National Weather service has created a timeline of weather information for Wilmington. It has historic pictures and information about the evolution of the national weather service and weather observations. Check out the weather timeline here: http://1.usa.gov/1fk54Yt

NWS Meteorologist and Climate Program Leader Tim Armstrong says this long history of observations enables meteorologists to understand weather patterns across the area.

 "Having such a long period of weather observations allows us to construct and study a rich climate history for Wilmington," Armstrong said. "We can better understand how likely extreme weather events are, and how climate may be changing over time."

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