WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - From cold and snow to hurricane winds and flooding… 2018 will take its place in history as one of the most extreme weather years in the history of Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina, and the number 100 is a common quantifier of the extremity.
Wilmington started the year with 175 consecutive hours of temperatures of 35 or colder. That’s the second longest such streak on record and you may recall it came with a snowstorm on January 3.
The eye wall of Hurricane Florence delivered a crushing 105 mph wind gust to Wilmington on September 14. Higher than Fran… Higher than Hazel… Florence’s gust was the Port City’s second highest on record – second only to a 135 mph gust from Hurricane Helene of 1958.
Wilmington recorded a mind-blowing 102.4 inches of rain in 2018. This tally annihilated the city’s annual average of 57.6 inches and obliterated its previous annual record of 83.7 inches (1877).
Staggering statistics! We thank you so much for trusting your First Alert Weather Team in 2018 and we appreciate you sticking with us in 2019