Local weather comes through again

Posted 1/18/22

People make fun of us in North Carolina because of the way we respond to the weather. They have good reason to do so but in our defense, it’s impossible to be consistent when dealing with our …

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Local weather comes through again

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People make fun of us in North Carolina because of the way we respond to the weather. They have good reason to do so but in our defense, it’s impossible to be consistent when dealing with our climate pattern. Those who scorn us should spend a day in our shoes.

The weather this weekend once again proved this point. As these words go to print Monday morning a bright sun shines through the window. Temperatures will “soar” into the forties today. This, only a day after most of us spent the hours camped in our houses, waiting for the ice storm that, well never really came.

So the question is how did we respond? I think we all know. One trip to a local grocery store Saturday made that point clear. There were traffic jams in the aisles of local stores as natives stocked up on the “essentials” every media outlet in the region preached to us about.

It is still beyond me why folks think they need six gallons of milk and four loaves of bread because a storm is coming. My only reasoning is that we really don’t know what to expect so its best to be prepared.

I will only touch on the issue of winter driving in the south. I’ll just say if you value a dent free car it really is best to stay home. I consider myself a decent snow driver, but I’m fully aware others aren’t. It’s a big reason I was hibernating over the weekend.

The question needs to be asked when dealing with North Carolina weather, do you ever really know what to expect? This winter alone I have changed between air conditioning and heat on consecutive days.

I witnessed 70 degree weather on New Year’s Day, warm enough to bring a copperhead snake out at a Wake County dog park. The unpleasant reptile was also fooled by the January sun and decided my four legged friend would be a good play toy. Thankfully, I got both of us out of there before any damage was done.

I have had all of the windows open in my home, only to be boarding up like a blizzard was coming the next day.

North Carolina weather is never really consistent but winter is always the worst. We always seem to be on a line between rain or ice, ice and snow or some combination of the three. We often get the worst of all winter weather atrocities, freezing rain like we had this weekend.

That precipitation fools you. It is perceived as normal rain until it turns to ice when it’s on just about any surface including roads. I was reminded of this Sunday when it took 15 minutes to defrost my windshield before making a brief trip to a local grocery store.

If you like weather consistency August is your best bet in North Carolina. It’s just hot, rarely do you get the variety we see in the other three seasons. Even then, later afternoon thunderstorms can disrupt your day. Then there is the issue of hurricanes. That’s another story for another day.

In the meantime remember the motto many of us often recite here in the Tarheel State, If you don’t like the weather, wait a little while, it will change soon.

Tom Woerner writes for The Daily Record and is former editor of the Harnett County News. Reach him at woernertmw@yahoo.com.

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