North Carolina Map And Climate Information
North Carolina Map of Regions
One of the highlights of choosing North Carolina as your best place to live is the varied climate and weather throughout the state.
North Carolina is made up of three geographic regions:
Each region in North Carolina definitely has it's own unique characteristics.
In each of the three NC regions, there are four distinct seasons, with precipitation spread throughout the year.
Overall, summer is the wettest season, with July as the wettest month, and autumn is the driest season, with November as the driest month.
Elevation has a great effect on temperatures and precipitation.
Yearly temperatures in North Carolina range from average highs above ninety in the summer to lows bottoming out around twenty degrees, in the winter.
Most of North Carolina experiences an average swing of twenty degrees in a day, while at locations closer to the coast, the temperature range shrinks to only about ten or fifteen degrees in a day.
The highest recorded temperature in North Carolina is 110 degrees, which was recorded in Fayetteville on August 21, 1983.
The lowest recorded temperature was -34 degrees, which was recorded on the top of Mt. Mitchell on January 21, 1985.
North Carolina's geographic location and physical make-up are key factors in creating the hospitable climate it is known for.
The great mountains in the west of North Carolina limit the severity of storms that pass from inland sources into NC, as well as keeping temperatures up.
The Gulf Stream that passes along the Outer Banks of NC serves as a weather moderator also, keeping temperatures higher during the winter. The Gulf Stream is also responsible for some of the storms that North Carolina and states to the north experience.
When the southern end of the cold Labrador Current meets the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, storms and rough weather are the result.
Cities and towns along the North Carolina coast are the most effected by the Gulf Stream.
North Carolina Climate by Regions
The North Carolina Coastal Plain makes up almost half of North Carolina and can be broken up into two parts:
- the immediate coast and tidewater area
- interior section that connects with the Piedmont Plateau
The Piedmont Plateau or region comprises the middle of North Carolina.
The Mountains are the smallest of the three regions in North Carolina, accounting for only about a fifth of the total state.
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