What is the forecast for the future of North Carolina's weather?

North Carolina is already experiencing changes that are consistent with global warming. With these changes, we can also expect more extreme weather: more summer days above 100°F, more frequent and intense storms, and harsher droughts. Scientists also predict more severe coastal flooding and a greater probability of category 3-5 hurricanes hitting North Carolina.

Damage from Hurricane Irene
Our region has seen its share of extreme weather. In the 20th century, hurricanes left thousands dead and billions of dollars of damage in their paths. When will the next major storm hit our region? More than 230,000 volunteer members of SKYWARN help the National Weather Service and other groups track severe weather and potentially save lives.

Weathering the Storms


Rising sea levels increase the risk of devastating storm surges, increased coastal and inland flooding, erosion, property damage and loss of wetlands in North Carolina. With weather becoming more unpredictable as a result of climate change, the state will face new challenges including increased heat-related health risks and more frequent and intense storms.

Scientists need more observational data to find out how North Carolina's weather will be affected by climate change. Check out these citizen science projects for some ideas about how you can help track precipitation, temperature, storms, and other weather-related phenomena in North Carolina.

Get Involved


Citizen Weather Observer Program Share your weather data with other citizen observers, weather services, universities, and government agencies.

CoCoRaHS Measure rain, hail or snow fall amounts as a member of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program Measure daily temperatures and precipitation totals to help scientists learn about floods, droughts, heat & cold waves, and long-term climate changes.

SKYWARN Help keep your community safe by reporting severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Learn More


Want to learn more about the impacts of climate change on North Carolina’s weather? Check out these resources.