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CLIMATE

Fayetteville/Cumberland County is located in the beautiful Coastal Plain at the foot of North Carolina's Piedmont plateau. The City, located adjacent to the Cape Fear River, is 107 feet above sea level. Elevations in the County range from 40 to 486 feet above sea level.

The climate of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is comparable to other communities in the Carolinas. Generally, these areas are known for their long, pleasant spring and fall seasons; a short and mild winter season; and a hot summer season.

It is not unusual for temperatures to reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit during any month of the year. Normally temperatures drop to the freezing point only at isolated times during the months of December through February.

Precipitation averages 42 inches a year. In spring and summer, rainfall usually comes in the form of heavy showers, lasting for short periods. In the fall and winter, rain tends to fall slowly and steadily over 24 to 48 hour time spans. Normally, snow and sleet occur in trace amounts, once or twice in a winter season and freezing rain is rare. An accumulated total of snow or sleet during a winter season averages less than 2 ½ inches.

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS, BY MONTH

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Wind speed (mph) 8.3 8.7 9.4 9.0 7.9 7.2 6.8 6.4 6.8 6.8 7.3 7.8
Morning humidity (%) 80 78 80 81 84 86 88 91 91 90 85 81
Afternoon humidity (%) 55 52 50 47 54 87 89 60 59 54 52 55
Sunshine (%) 52 56 61 64 61 61 61 59 59 61 58 54
Days clear of clouds 9 9 9 10 8 8 7 7 10 13 11 10
Partly cloudy days 7 6 7 9 10 12 12 12 9 7 7 7
Cloudy days 15 14 14 11 13 11 12 11 11 11 11 14

Based on data reported by main weather stations:
www.city-data.com/city/Fort-Bragg-North-Carolina.html
www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/cronos/normals.php?station=313017

PRECIPITATION, COOLING AND HEATING DEGREE DAYS, BY MONTH

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Wind Normal Monthly Precipitation (mph) 4.2 3.4 4.4 3.1 3.3 4.2 5.2 5.2 4.8 3.0 2.9 3.2
Normal Cooling Degree Days 0 0 1.7 12.8 76.7 186.7 266.1 235.6 137.2 34.4 5 0
Normal Heating Degree Days 401.1 320 228.9 93.9 21.1 1.1 0 0 3.9 92.2 207.2 351.1

TEMPERATURE, BY MONTH

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Normal Monthly
Maximum Temperature
52.3 °F 56.1 °F 64.2 °F 73.3 °F 80.2 °F 87 °F 90.4 °F 88.5 °F 83.3 °F 73.9 °F 65 °F 55.5 °F
Normal Monthly
Minimum Temperature
31.1 °F 32.8 °F 39.4 °F 47 °F 56.2 °F 65.2 °F 70.4 °F 68.9 °F 62.6 °F 49.4 °F 40.7 °F 33.8 °F
Normal Monthly
Mean Temperatures
41.7 °F 44.5 °F 51.8 °F 60.2 °F 68.2 °F 76.1 °F 80.4 °F 78.7 °F 73 °F 61.7 °F 52.9 °F 44.7 °F
Highest Mean Temperature 52.4 °F 51.3 °F 56.9 °F 63.9 °F 72.5 °F 80.8 °F 84.5 °F 81.7 °F 77.3 °F 68.1 °F 62.1 °F 52.9 °F
Median Monthly
Mean Temperature
40.7 °F 44.3 °F 51.8 °F 60.2 °F 68.1 °F 76.5 °F 80.1 °F 78.5 °F 72.8 °F 61.4 °F 53.2 °F 44.4 °F
Lowest Mean Temperature 32.1 °F 35.6 °F 46.8 °F 56.1 °F 64.1 °F 72 °F 77.8 °F 76.1 °F 69.5 °F 55.8 °F 46.5 °F 35.8 °F
Year of Highest
Mean Temperature
1974 1990 1997 1977 1991 1981 1993 1975 1980 1984 1985 1971
Year of Lowest
Mean Temperature
1977 1978 1981 1983 1992 1979 2000 1981 1984 1987 1976 1989

AIR QUALITY
Fayetteville/Cumberland County joined other parties in signing the Early Action Compact (EAC). The EAC is an agreement between the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), local government and organizations, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 (EPA) office. The EAC is intended to address the new 8-hour ozone standard and how Fayetteville/Cumberland County will attain this new standard. Fayetteville/Cumberland County was previously designated attainment for the 1-hour ozone standard, however, when EPA set the new standard, Fayetteville/Cumberland County was in danger of becoming non-attainment for the 8-hour ozone standard. This agreement is a commitment from Fayetteville/Cumberland County to reduce ground level ozone sooner than EPA regulates. While Fayetteville/Cumberland County has this agreement it is designated "non-attainment deferred.”

Fayetteville/Cumberland County submits a bi-annual progress report of its EAC strategies to EPA and NCDENR every June and December. These strategies include activities and accomplishments demonstrated by all parts of the community, including local government and businesses. Some examples of those strategies would be the organization of our Air Quality Technical and Stakeholders committee, which is composed of citizens, local government officials, community leaders and environmental personnel; the retrofitting of Diesel School Buses on Fort Bragg; the revision of the Landscape Ordinance and the Enhance Mass Transit System of Fayetteville Area System of Transit. Fayetteville/Cumberland County is continuously working to educate the community on air quality and its effect on health and economics. The county is creating a curriculum that will run in Kidsville, a children's newspaper during the school year and an environmental page that runs in the Up and Coming weekly community newspaper, every other week.

Source: Fayetteville/Cumberland County Planning & Inspections Department, www.co.cumberland.nc.us

SEISMIC ZONE
CLASS 1 - LOW PROBABILITY EARTHQUAKE ZONE
Fayetteville/Cumberland County is identified as a Class 1 - Low Probability Earthquake Zone. This classification is set by the USGS, and ranges from a Class 0 - very low probability, to a Class 4 - within seismic zone

HURRICANES
Limited Hurricane Experience
Although hurricanes can and do occur along the North Carolina coast, in the last 50 years only eight hurricanes have had an impact on Cumberland County: Hazel - 1954, Connie - 1955, Ione - 1955, Gloria - 1985, Bob - 1991, Fran - 1996, Floyd - 1999 and Isabel - 2003. With Fayetteville located approximately 90 miles from the closest point on the North Carolina Coast, the effect of these storms on the city was mostly from water damage due to heavy rains, with only a minimal loss of work- days.

Peak Winds
The peak wind recorded in Fayetteville/Cumberland County occurred during hurricane Fran in the early morning of September 6, 1996. Wind velocity was recorded at:

Sustained Winds...55 kts, which is 63 mph
Peak Gust...69 kts, which is 79.5 mph