By Jonathan Erdman February 20, 2020. In the southern half of California and Nevada, percent of normal precipitation was less than half of normal with some areas in southeastern California and southern Nevada experiencing record-dryness including at McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada which observed no precipitation during the month and tied for the driest January on record. There were 355 wind reports for the month. Tips for Fall Foliage Viewing and Photography: Things to do in the Blue Ridge during the Fall, favorite trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,, Tell you when the peak times are for various elevations and locations, Provide weekly updates for you on the current status of the leaf color, Links to lots of photos from prior years, with links to great places to see the fall colors. Low temperatures were also mild, ranking among the 10 warmest on record for January at several sites including Beckley, West Virginia, and Islip, New York. A region of above normal precipitation stretched from northern Virginia, southward through western North Carolina, western South Carolina, northern Georgia, and northern Alabama. Fruit and nut crops are in need of additional chill hours. At least 22 homes sustained varying degrees of damage. In general, areas in and around the Parkway above 4,000 feet are at peak. Primary Colors: GREEN below 4,000 feet, Yellows, oranges and reds above 4,000 feet. I was falling behind in classes, and my relationships were suffering. Peak time for elevations from 4,000 - 5,000 feet. Very subtle yet, but it is beginning. One of the many reasons for this is due to the varied elevations, which show prime fall colors for more than a month. In fact, it's in the low 40s here in Maggie Valley NC this morning. However, this was not enough to break records. Warm air pushes up form the south near the equator and colder air comes in from the north pole. Who could blame the people in my life for feeling frustrated with me? Fort Myers, FL (1902-2020) reported a daytime maximum temperature of 88 degrees F (31 degrees C), which surpassed the previous daily record of 85 degrees F (29 degrees C) set in 2013. Areas above 5,000 feet have the most color, with lots of yellows and spots of reds and oranges. Areas that turn early in this date and elevation range include Graveyard Fields and Rough Ridge. Temperatures remained warmer... (Read more), AUGUST 13, 2020   |   SCO NEWS, CLIMATE CHANGE, Happy August!

Included in this elevation are the Boone and Blowing Rock areas. There has been a line out the door regularly — people crave any excitement they can get! Extreme temperature change is more likely to occur near areas where there is a jet stream. At the opposite end of the region, northern Maine saw mixed precipitation, with Caribou having its eighth snowiest January day on January 12.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: National Climate Report for January 2020, published online February 2020, retrieved on October 26, 2020 from,, October US Release: Fri, 6 Nov 2020, 11:00 AM EST, NOAA's Residential Energy Demand Temperature Index (REDTI), nine climatic regions of the National Centers for Environmental Information, Northeast Regional Climate Center Home Page, Southeast Regional Climate Center Home Page, High Plains Regional Climate Center Home Page, Southern Regional Climate Center Home Page, Western Regional Climate Center Home Page, The short answer is that NC's proximity to a jet stream is the primary reason its weather can vary so much. Here's the coffee shop where you should get your morning brew. }); In contrast, parts of central, northern, and eastern Texas; northern and central Louisiana, central and northern Mississippi, southern, central, and eastern Tennessee, and most of Oklahoma and Arkansas received 150 percent or more of normal precipitation. That might sound like an exaggeration, but it's true that it's rained more in the last year than it has since records began over 100 years ago. We're not changing our current forecast, but is something we will be keep a close eye on. Areas of the Parkway above 5,500 feet have started to turn. There continues to be a pocket of moderate drought (D1), ringed by an area of dry conditions (D0), in the Panhandle of Florida. Travel conditions deteriorated quickly, closing portions of I-29 and I-90 in South Dakota and I-29 and I-94 in North Dakota, and “no travel advisories” impacted several communities in both states.

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