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Aug 8, 2022

What’s Driving the Massive, Destructive Rainfalls Around the Country

Washington Post
“Individual events happen all the time and have happened all the time in our historical record. We need to be aware that just because we have an event doesn’t mean it represents something unusual,” said Kenneth Kunkel, a research professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. 

Sunset at Lake Mattamuskeet. (Photo by Allie Stewart/US Fish & Wildlife Service)

Jul 21, 2022

Our Curious Coast: Adaptation and Resilience

The NC State Climate Office takes a look at the adaptation, mitigation and resilience measures coastal communities are taking in response to climate changes. 

Carolina bays dot the landscape in Bladen County, including Singletary Lake (center) and White Lake (right). (Photo from NASA Earth Observatory)

Jul 20, 2022

Our Curious Coast: Rivers and Wetlands

The NC State Climate Office explains the threats the rivers and wetlands in eastern North Carolina face due to a changing climate. 

A colorized display of sea surface temperatures shows the warm water of the Gulf Stream extending off the coast of North Carolina.

Jul 19, 2022

Our Curious Coast: The Ocean and Coastline

The NC State Climate Office gives an overview of North Carolina's offshore ocean currents and how winds and waves shape the coastline. 

A pocosin peatland in Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.

Jul 14, 2022

Our Curious Coast: Soils and Agriculture

The NC State Climate Office explores the soils of eastern North Carolina, their suitability for agriculture and the weather and climate challenges that farmers face. 

The NC State Belltower against a blue sky, with flowering trees in the foreground

Feb 14, 2022

ShellCast App Helps Growers Forecast Harvest Closures

The North Carolina State Climate Office's Kathie Dello, Sheila Saia and John McGuire were part of a team that developed ShellCast, an online application for predicting temporary shellfish lease closures. 

icebergs in water

Dec 17, 2021

Time Lag Between Intervention and Actual CO2 Decrease Could Still Lead to Climate Tipping Point

A lag between intervention and CO2 decrease could have ramifications for climate change. 

NC State gateway at sunset

Dec 6, 2021

The Science House, NC State Climate Office Develop K-12 Educational Resources

The Science House and the North Carolina State Climate Office (SCO) revamped the SCO’s online educational resources. 

SCO research technician Myleigh Neill works to recalibrate a rain gauge at a weather tower/weather station off Lake Wheeler Road.

Nov 29, 2021

Climate in Context

The State Climate Office of North Carolina, a unit of the College of Sciences, helps the state’s residents understand how weather and climate affect them. 

Oct 7, 2021

5 Years Later, 5 Lessons Learned From Hurricane Matthew

Explore five lessons from one of North Carolina's most significant recent hurricanes.