January 19, 2009

Rare Sight: Snow Forecast for Pleasure Island, NC

Carolina Beach and surrounding areas are under a Winter Weather Advisory as 1 to 2 inches of the white stuff are predicted for tomorrow. The last snowfall this area received was on January 23rd, 2003 when the area received between 2-3 inches.

[EDIT: Here are some pictures as the snow was falling. LINK ]

Here is a listing of the top 10 Wilmington, NC snowstorms on record:

15.3 inches Dec. 22-24, 1989

12.5 inches Feb. 9-10, 1973

12.1 inches Feb. 17-18, 1896

9.8 inches Feb. 10-11, 1912

9.0 inches Feb. 23, 1901

8.6 inches Jan. 13, 1912

8.0 inches Feb. 24, 1942

7.5 inches on Dec. 20-21, 1915

6.6 inches March 1-2, 1980

6.5 inches Jan. 30, 1936

As one who enjoys the occasional snow event, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. But in the meantime, here's a pretty cool picture from the Wilmington Star Magazine about the 1989 storm (which dropped over 15 inches) . Unfortunately, the picture is only available in this thumbnail size. The article described the image as follows:

"When The Weather Channel reports a Jim Cantore sighting at Wrightsville, the landlubbers load up the SUV and drive inland. The surfers grab their boards and head for the beach, bobbing like seagulls in their wetsuits.



It was their big day: 50-knot winds and waves of 15 feet or more. One person’s disaster of biblical proportions is another dude’s Christmas present."



Credit Photos: Wilmington Residintial Snow & Snow Surfers
Credit Snowstorm Historical Data: WWAY
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