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Feb 24, 2023

Experts Say February Heat Is a Signal of Wider Warming Trend

Kathie Dello, state climatologist of North Carolina, said hotter days are coming sooner in the year and that it’s not cooling off as much at night – a problem for crops and public health.

Feb 23, 2023

February Hot Spell Highlights the Triangle’s Warm Start to 2023

Driving the news: Thermometers at RDU are expected to cross the 80° mark for just the 14th time since 1945 Thursday — and could come close to the all-time record for February of 84°, according to the N.C. State Climate Office.

NC State gateway at sunset

Feb 13, 2023

An Ice Storm Brewing: Previewing the NHL Stadium Series Game in Raleigh

The State Climate Office discusses the science behind having an outdoor hockey game ahead of the NHL Stadium Series game at Carter-Finley.

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.