The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


January 31, 2014

Minus-3 ties all-time record for Jan. 30

TARBORO — Thursday morning’s low temperature reading of minus-3 at 7:55 tied the record for the all-time low for the date in Tarboro according to National Weather Service instruments at the Tarboro-Edgecombe County Airport.

Temperatures Wednesday never climbed above freezing, topping out at 25 degrees for the period between 1:55 and 5:15 p.m. From that point on, they were in a steady decline — dropping to 12 at 11:55.

Shortly after midnight, the mercury found the single digits at 9-degrees. Also, at that time, weather instruments reported fog and mist at the airport.

Over the next two hours, the temperature bounced between 4-  and 7-degrees before a zero reading was registered at 5:15 a.m. After climbing to 1-degree 20 minutes later, it dropped below zero until 8:15. At 8:35, the mercury climbed above zero and began a steady ascent — climbing above freezing for the first time in 59 hours.

Thursday’s bright sun created reflective heat on the asphalt and aided the melting of ice and snow. Temperatures today are forecast to reach 52 and climb to 58 on Saturday, which clear out most of the wintry precipitation except that in shaded areas.

Showers are forecast Sunday-Tuesday with thunderstorms on Wednessday, when temperatures are expected to reach 74. Other than Super Bowl Sunday’s 65, the highs for the rest of the week are forecast to remain in the 40s.


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