Expect a warm and dry winter, Charlotte

Expect a warm and dry winter, Charlotte

Data: NOAA; Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

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Keep those cargo shorts out of the attic, cool kids. It’s shaping up to be another warm winter.

What’s happening: La Niña’s back for a second straight year, creating a wave of warmer temperatures and drier air in the South, according to a new forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Why it matters: Love winter or hate it, the season’s weather has a domino effect on the rest of the year.

  • Wetter winters tend to produce more brutal spring allergy seasons, for instance.
  • Winters without significant frosting can lead to more bugs in the warmer months.
  • And flowers and crops that bloom earlier in spring are more likely to be lost with surprise March frosts.

Zoom out: The last time we saw a snowfall that measured more than 1 inch was Dec. 9, 2018, when 2.7 inches accumulated.

  • This year’s biggest snowfall was 0.2 inches on Feb. 6, and the year before was 0.3 inches on Feb. 20, 2020.

Fun fact: Charlotte averages a little more than 4 inches of snow a year, but the city’s never had a year without at least one snowfall, WCNC’s Brad Panovich wrote last year.

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What’s next: Not included in the NOAA forecast is that if it snows even an inch, there’s a 100% chance of recent northern transplants telling Charlotte folks they can’t drive.

  • Bundle up for that, if not the weather.

My thought bubble: Oh yes, I should button this up, I suppose. My wife Laura, who in most circumstances has excellent taste, slowly rid my closet of all cargo shorts between the years of 2017 and 2019, never once considering how much stuff one could fit in those pockets.

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