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Climate in North Carolina

North Carolina, North Carolina gets 48 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

North Carolina averages 4 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 213 sunny days per year in North Carolina. The US average is 205 sunny days.

North Carolina gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 112 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highs & Lows

Summer High: the July high is around 88 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 29

North Carolina ranks 63/100 for Comfort Index

A higher score indicates a more comfortable year-round climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.


Climate Averages
  North Carolina, North CarolinaUnited States
  48.4 in.38.1 in.
  4.4 in.27.8 in.
  112.3 days106.2 days
  213 days205 days
  860 ft.2443 ft.

July is the hottest month for North Carolina with an average high temperature of 88.1°, which ranks it as warmer than most states. In North Carolina, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for North Carolina are May, September and October.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for North Carolina with an average of 29.1°. This is warmer than most of the U.S. states.

North Carolina has 32.5 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most states in the U.S.

North Carolina has 72.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.

North Carolina averages 0.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.

August is the wettest month in North Carolina with 5.0 inches of rain, and the driest month is April with 3.4 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 30% of yearly precipitation and 23% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season.

North Carolina's average annual rainfall of 48.4 inches indicates that it is wetter than most states in the United States.

North Carolina's average annual snowfall of 4.4 inches indicates that it is one of the least snowy states in the United States.

January is the snowiest month in North Carolina with 1.8 inches of snow, and 4 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Retirement living - 2/10/2018
    Lots of scenery, slow moving, minor crime and mostly friendly people. Natives only want your money: was told I needed to spend my money locally and not else ware. If you... Read More

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    From California, living in North Carolina - 9/14/2017
    I was born and raised in California, and lived there a total of 24 years. I've lived in North Carolina for a total of 12 years, and have traveled extensively through... Read More

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