This report describes the historical weather record at the Craven County Regional Airport (New Bern, North Carolina, United States) during 1989. This station has records back to January 1949.
New Bern, North Carolina has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by forests (88%), croplands (5%), oceans and seas (4%), and lakes and rivers (3%)
Daylight saving time (DST) was observed at New Bern, North Carolina during 1989. There were two time changes during 1989:
1989 was not a leap year, so it has 365 days and no February 29th. The first leap year before 1989 was 1988 and the first after was 1992.
The summer and winter solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes mark the passing of the seasons. They fall on nearly the same day each year, with differences of a day or two depending on the year. In 1989 they occurred on:
|Spring Equinox||Monday, 20 March 1989.|
|Summer Solstice||Wednesday, 21 June 1989.|
|Fall Equinox||Saturday, 23 September 1989.|
|Winter Solstice||Thursday, 21 December 1989.|
The hottest day of 1989 was June 2, with a high temperature of 100°F. For reference, on that day the average high temperature is 84°F and the high temperature exceeds 91°F only one day in ten. The hottest month of 1989 was July with an average daily high temperature of 88°F.
Relative to the average, the hottest day was February 3. The high temperature that day was 82°F, compared to the average of 55°F, a difference of 27°F. In relative terms the warmest month was January, with an average high temperature of 59°F, compared to an typical value of 54°F.
The longest warm spell was from January 23 to February 5, constituting 14 consecutive days with warmer than average high temperatures. The month of January had the largest fraction of warmer than average days with 71% days with higher than average high temperatures.
The coldest day of 1989 was December 25, with a low temperature of -4°F. For reference, on that day the average low temperature is 36°F and the low temperature drops below 24°F only one day in ten. The coldest month of 1989 was December with an average daily low temperature of 28°F.
Relative to the average, the coldest day was December 25. The low temperature that day was -4°F, compared to the average of 36°F, a difference of 40°F. In relative terms the coldest month was December, with an average low temperature of 28°F, compared to an typical value of 37°F.
The longest cold spell was from December 13 to December 31, constituting 19 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures. The month of December had the largest fraction of cooler than average days with 87% days with lower than average low temperatures.
The clearest month of 1989 was November, with 30% of days being more clear than cloudy. The longest spell of clear weather was from February 9 to February 13, constituting 5 consecutive days that were clearer than they were cloudy.
The cloudiest month of 1989 was July, with 77% of days being more cloudy than clear. The longest spell of cloudy weather was from July 2 to July 23, constituting 22 consecutive days that were cloudier than they were clear.
This station provides hourly reports of significant weather events at and around the station, but does not report the quantity of precipitation at the station itself. This is common for weather stations located outside of the United States, and for a small subset of stations in the United States that are located at lesser used and smaller airports.
This station reports when significant weather events (including precipitation) are visually observed at or near the station. Such events do not always correspond to measured quantities of liquid equivalent precipitation, such as when the event is near by not at the station, or in the case of solid precipitation that does not melt in the collection basin.
The day in 1989 with the most precipitation observations was February 18. There were 23 hourly weather reports that day (out of a maximum of 24) in which some form of precipitation was observated at or near the station. The month with the most precipitation observations was February, with 126 hourly present weather reports involving some form of precipitation.
As determined by the present weather reports, the longest dry spell was from May 25 to June 3, constituting 10 consecutive days with no observed precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of days without observed precipitation was October, with 77% of days reporting no observed precipitation at all.
The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some observed precipitation was June, with 57% of days reporting some observed precipitation.
In this section we consider only those weather reports that indicate liquid precipitation. For the purposes of this analysis, we include thunderstorms even though some thunderstorms are not accompanied by liquid precipitation.
The month of 1989 with the largest number of those reports was March, with a total of 113 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was February 18, with a total of 23 reports.
This station reports when snow is observed falling but does not report the quantity of snow that has fallen or the depth of snow on the ground.
In this section we consider hourly weather reports that contain an observation of falling snow. These reports do not necessarily correspond to accumulation.
The first reported snow fall in 1989 was on December 18; the last was on April 11. The month of 1989 with the largest number of those reports was December, with a total of 41 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was December 23, with a total of 22 reports.
Humidity is an important factor in determining how weather conditions feel to a person experiencing them. Hot and humid days feel even hotter than hot and dry days because the high level of water content in humid air discourages the evaporation of sweat from a person's skin.
When reading the graph below, keep in mind that the hottest part of the day tends to be the least humid, so the daily low (brown) traces are more relevant for understanding daytime comfort than the daily high (blue) traces, which typically occur during the night. Applying that observation, the least humid month of 1989 was May with an average daily low humidity of 43%, and the most humid month was September with an average daily low humidity of 62%.
But it is important to keep in mind that humidity does not tell the whole picture and the dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find a given set of weather conditions. Please see the next section for continued discussion of this point.
Dew point is the temperature below which water vapor will condense into liquid water. It is therefore also related to the rate of evaporation of liquid water. Since the evaporation of sweat is an important cooling mechanism for the human body, the dew point is an important measurement for understanding how dry, comfortable, or humid a given set of weather conditions will feel.
Generally speaking, dew points below 50°F will feel a bit dry to some people, but comfortable to people accustomed to dry conditions; dew points from 50°F to 68°F are fairly comfortable to most people, and dew points above 68°F are increasingly uncomfortable, becoming oppressive around 77°F.
To take some examples, and basing our categorization on the daily high dew point in 1989, January had 15 dry days, 16 comfortable days, and no humid days; April had 7 dry days, 19 comfortable days, and 4 humid days; July had no dry days, 1 comfortable day, and 30 humid days; and October had 3 dry days, 18 comfortable days, and 10 humid days.
The highest sustained wind speed was 62 mph, occurring on March 30; the highest daily mean wind speed was 15 mph (February 4); and the highest wind gust speed was 51 mph (June 4).
The windiest month was March, with an average wind speed of 9 mph. The least windy month was January, with an average wind speed of 5 mph.
Visibility is the maximum distance at which a given reference object or light can be clearly discerned. In the United States, visibilities that are greater than or equal to 10 miles are typically reported as 10 miles.
The day of 1989 with the lowest average visibility was December 23, with an average visibility of 1.0 mi. The month with the lowest average visibility was August, with an average visibility of 5.4 mi. With an average visibility of 7.5 mi, the month of November had the highest average visibility.
The cloud ceiling is the altitude of the lowest layer of clouds that are at categorized as broken (mostly cloudy) or overcast (cloudy). If no such cloud layer exists then the ceiling is unlimited and no value is reported.
The day of 1989 with the lowest average cloud ceiling was January 17, with an average cloud ceiling of 49'. The month with the lowest average cloud ceiling was March, with an average cloud ceiling of 8381'. The month of May has the highest average cloud ceiling, with an average cloud ceiling of 14274'.