North Carolina Coastal Plain Climate
The Coastal Plain of North Carolina makes up almost half of the state and can be broken up into three parts:
- the immediate coast
- the tidewater area and;
- the interior section that connects with the Piedmont Plateau
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The North Carolina tidewater area is generally flat and swampy, while the interior section is mostly gently rolling and well drained.
Elevations of the Coastal Plain range from sea level in the east to about 200 feet in the western borders.
During the summer, the NC coastal plain is typically cooler than locations inland, by about three to five degrees. The lesser temperatures are further augmented by the sea winds that help make North Carolina coastal days feel cooler than they actually are.
Temperatures along the North Carolina coastline are affected by relative humidity rates of about 75% annually, which decrease to an average of about 60% to 70% as you move inland.
Average temperatures along the NC coastline in January are around 40 degrees, while average temperatures in August hover just below 90 degrees on most of the coast.
Precipitation along the North Carolina coast is most often found in the form of rain, although once or twice a year there will be sleet or snow, usually without a significant accumulation. Most areas on the coast receive between 40 and 55 inches of precipitation per year.
Severe weather conditions that affect the NC coast include hurricanes and severe thunderstorms. These two factors each occur a couple of times a year.
North Carolina receives plenty of sunshine during the year and has traditionally been very strong in agricultural production, with the Coastal Plain taking the lead throughout the regions.
If your best place to live includes gardening, you should know the growing season in parts of the North Carolina Coastal Plain, the Outer Banks for instance is nearly 300 days.
Traditional crops have been tobacco and cotton. Other crops include soybeans, peanuts, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, along with some types of grains.
North Carolina Coastal Plain Cities/Towns
- Elizabeth City
- Morehead City
- New Bern
- Outer Banks
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