Introduction

During the month of June, with the return both of summer and the hurricane season, the State Library of North Carolina is celebrating weather. The climate varies across the state, and creates the ideal spring and summer environment to support the many agricultural products produced here, as well as making our ocean fronts and mountains the ideal places to escape to at the peak of the hot and humid growing season. From June to September, North Carolina's climate is abundant with moisture, warm temperatures, and growing seasons ranging from about 130 days in the mountains to about 290 days at the coast.

Our lush summer season, cool clear springs and autumns, and temperate winters are not without climatic challenges, however. Floods, droughts, ice storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes, all can wreak havoc on the land and its people. Some of the most devastating of these weather events were the droughts of the late 1920s and early 2000s, and the ice storms of the 1960s and 1978. Documented hurricanes that have been hitting our shores since before 1667 (when four hurricanes hit the Southeast) through the 20th century, when Hazel, Fran, and Floyd brought rain, winds, and flooding deep inland. This month we highlight resources to help you keep abreast of current weather, and to learn about and respect North Carolina's historical weather patterns.

National Weather Resources

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back to top N.C. Government & Heritage Library Resources

The following search terms offer a gateway into our weather related resources.

The following are some resources from the North Carolina Digital Collections:

back to top Educational Initiatives

  • ECU Center for Sustainable Tourism
  • On November 2008, in partnership with the North Carolina Sea Grant, the National Climatic Data Center, and the East Carolina University Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, the center sponsored a Southeast US Regional Workshop on climate, weather, and tourism, which attracted approximately 100 scientists, academics, public policy officials, non-profit leaders, and business owners to discuss how to bridge science and practice, thereby improving business practices and economic vitality. The workshop focused on developing a strategy for raising awareness of issues linking tourism, weather, and climate; on developing a framework for collaborative research on climatic risks, opportunities, and information needs for reducing impacts on our state's tourism industry; and on identifying sources of data and potential partnerships to investigate interactions of tourism, weather, and climate in order to provide usable information for planning and management.
  • Nature Notebook: NC Museum of Natural Sciences
    This page provides information on thunderstorms and lightning formation.
  • NC-FIRST
    Educating first responders and county emergency managers on how to interpret and make use of complicated weather data. NC-FIRST is designed to help staff decipher weather data, understand weather threats and choose actions that minimize the threats to lives and property caused by extreme weather.
  • RENCI Weather Web
    The RENCI Weather Web program uses research and operational grade weather stations to enable North Carolina educators to teach required meteorology and atmospheric science classes. RENCI provides weather stations to underserved areas that lack the stations needed to provide good quality climate-related data. The data retrieved from the stations are used in the classroom, and provide information to RENCI disaster response researchers, state climatologists, emergency responders, agricultural managers, and citizens.
  • UNC Sustainability Initiatives
    You can also find information about academics related to sustainability.
  • Western Carolina University Research Guide for Weather and Climate

back to top Culture & Weather

  • North Carolina Traditional Weather Lore
    This is a fun website for exploring North Carolina folklore and superstitions.
  • North Carolina artist Vollis Simpson
    Vollis Simpson, a visionary outsider artist from Lucama, N.C., used wind as an integral part of his whirligig sculptures. You can drive by his home studio at night and see the sculptures lit up from the road. View a short film demonstrating the movement of his whirligigs in the Watch This section, or view Simpsons Wind Machine in person at the North Carolina Museum of Arts Museum Park.
  • Weather Balloons This National Geographic resource provides a brief history of weather balloons and links to other weather related resources on the web.

back to topHistoric Events

back to topImage Credits

Header: Adapted from "Cloud Barrier" Uploaded on May 24, 2010 by BlueRidgeKitties

National Weather Initiatives: "Gyre" by Thomas Sayre in the Snow. Uploaded on February 2, 2010 by mrdorkesq

Educational Initiatives: West Campus the day after Hurricane Hazel hit, October 16, 1954. Duke University Archives, Durham, North Carolina, USA. library.duke.edu/uarchives

Read this: North Carolina Weather & Climate: UNC Press, image courtesy of UNC Press.

North Carolina's Hurricane History: UNC Press, Image courtesy of UNC Press.