• Weather extremes defined 2015

    By: Steve Udelson


    There was extreme weather for the Charlotte area in 2015.
    At one point, Charlotte was considering mandatory water restrictions and at another time, the region faced fears of historic flooding. 
    In May, only 3/10 of an inch of rain fell, making it the third driest May ever in Charlotte.

    The area had a 7 inch rain deficit by the end of the summer that prompted the city to issue voluntary restrictions under the moderate drought.

    For the first time in years, communities like Cherryville went to mandatory restrictions.

    TRACKING: Numerous counties under flash flood warnings Wednesday 

    By late August, state drought monitoring officials upgraded the situation to severe drought.
    Then the rain came.
    Hurricane Joaquin developed in the Atlantic and it never made landfall, but it sent rain to the Carolinas, bringing historic flooding to Columbia, South Carolina.

    Nearly 6 inches of rain fell in Charlotte in October and more storms rolled in the following month, dumping 10 inches of rain and making it the wettest November in recorded history. 
    There was not a lot of activity in the tropics, which is typical for an El Nino year that will impact conditions in 2016.

    IMAGES: Flooding, wet weather Wednesday around Charlotte area
    Warmer Pacific Ocean waters change the way storms push across the country. That means the Charlotte area will be rainy and warm in the beginning of the year.

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