Did Stanly County set a high temperature record for February?

Published 3:11 pm Thursday, February 23, 2023

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The past two days of unseasonably warm weather in the middle of winter has been not just unusual but has even set some records across the state.

The temperature, which hit 81 degrees in Stanly County Thursday afternoon, based on data from the Albemarle Stanly County Airport, likely goes down as the hottest day in February on record, according to Jonathan Blaes, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service in Raleigh. Since the airport is not an official climate location, though, he could not be 100% certain.

“Even in places where there aren’t official records, it would be a fair thing to say that it is likely the warmest day that those folks have seen on this date if not in February ever,” Blaes said.

Although cloud coverage has lowered the temperature around the Charlotte area, temperatures on Thursday got into the mid-80s further east, including 85 degrees in Raleigh and Fayetteville — both new records.

On Wednesday, the temperature in Stanly County hit 77 degrees, he said, which was still likely one of the hottest February days on record.

As for any possible chance of snow in the coming weeks? Doubtful, Blaes said.

For the next eight to 14 days the pattern looks very mild, with temperatures averaging at or above normal, he said. While it has snowed in March in the past, that would be quite unlikely, he said.

“I’d say it doesn’t look very promising for the next week to 10 days,” he said. Even after that, “there’s not a signal right now of a big huge cold snap in early March.”

“But,” he added, “the weather does change, so we’ll keep an eye on it.”

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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