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Carolinas to see above-normal temps this spring

As National Flood Safety Week draws to a close, the predictions for spring are here. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is offering predictions on drought levels, temperatures, precipitation and flood risk for the next three months.  And although it doesn’t feel like spring right now, NOAA meteorologists promise warmer weather is just around the corner.

The Carolinas will suffer less from catastrophic weather events such as wildfires, drought, and flooding than other parts of the country this spring.   Drought and wildfires will be more prevalent in the mid and southwest; major flooding is more likely around the Dakotas and Minnesota. 

But even without a looming threat of serious weather events in the southeast, Laura Furgione, Deputy Director of NOAA’s National Weather Service, says weather can turn on a dime. 

“We’re passionate about building a weather-ready nation…“We’re also looking at protecting the economy.  So our industrial businesses need to know how to stock their shelves and those kind of things – in preparation for the upcoming weather.” 

Preparation can be the determining factor in whether a business survives a serious weather event – or not, says Furgione. 

Although the Carolinas should be less plagued this spring by natural disasters, we will see above-normal temperatures over the next three months.  And Thursday night’s freeze warning might make that idea seem a little more welcome than it should be. 


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Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.