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WEATHER BLOG: More record-challenging weather likely as we transition into spring

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While March roared in like a lion across the WBTV viewing area with a stormy start to the third month of 2017, February was about a timid as a kitten in the Charlotte region.

February was a rather dry month in Charlotte with absolutely no snow and just over 1 inch of rain – more than 2 inches below average – and it was a very warm month as well.

In fact, with an average temperature of 53.5°, February 2017 was 9.5° above the 30-year average and went down as the warmest on record in Charlotte, eclipsing the previous record of 59.4° which stood for 90 years.

A check of the numbers shows the mercury rose above 70° 10 times during the month, with several records falling by the wayside. In fact, we enjoyed more days above 70° than we had with nighttime lows of 32° or lower (just 7 occurrences).

Looking ahead, a persistent tough out west likely means more cold and storminess from the Rockies on westward and a with a seemingly rock-solid ridge anchored over the eastern states, the Carolinas are likely to have more record-challenging warm weather as we transition from winter to spring.

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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