This report describes the historical weather record at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point (Cherry Point, North Carolina, United States) during 1961. This station has records back to December 1947.
Cherry Point, 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 (64%), oceans and seas (23%), croplands (6%), and lakes and rivers (5%)
Daylight saving time (DST) was observed at Cherry Point, North Carolina during 1961. There were two time changes during 1961:
1961 was not a leap year, so it has 365 days and no February 29th. The first leap year before 1961 was 1960 and the first after was 1964.
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 1961 they occurred on:
|Spring Equinox||Monday, 20 March 1961.|
|Summer Solstice||Wednesday, 21 June 1961.|
|Fall Equinox||Saturday, 23 September 1961.|
|Winter Solstice||Friday, 22 December 1961.|
The hottest day of 1961 was September 4, with a high temperature of 99°F. For reference, on that day the average high temperature is 85°F and the high temperature exceeds 91°F only one day in ten. The hottest month of 1961 was July with an average daily high temperature of 89°F.
Relative to the average, the hottest day was March 5. The high temperature that day was 81°F, compared to the average of 62°F, a difference of 19°F. In relative terms the warmest month was March, with an average high temperature of 67°F, compared to an typical value of 64°F.
The longest warm spell was from August 24 to September 15, constituting 23 consecutive days with warmer than average high temperatures. The month of September had the largest fraction of warmer than average days with 77% days with higher than average high temperatures.
The coldest day of 1961 was December 31, with a low temperature of 16°F. For reference, on that day the average low temperature is 37°F and the low temperature drops below 24°F only one day in ten. The coldest month of 1961 was January with an average daily low temperature of 32°F.
Relative to the average, the coldest day was December 31. The low temperature that day was 16°F, compared to the average of 37°F, a difference of 21°F. In relative terms the coldest month was January, with an average low temperature of 32°F, compared to an typical value of 35°F.
The longest cold spell was from January 19 to February 7, constituting 20 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures. The month of April had the largest fraction of cooler than average days with 70% days with lower than average low temperatures.
The clearest month of 1961 was October, with 77% of days being more clear than cloudy. The longest spell of clear weather was from October 23 to November 6, constituting 15 consecutive days that were clearer than they were cloudy.
The cloudiest month of 1961 was February, with 21% of days being more cloudy than 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 1961 with the most precipitation observations was March 21. There were 17 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 August, with 82 hourly present weather reports involving some form of precipitation.
As determined by the present weather reports, the longest dry spell was from January 3 to January 14, constituting 12 consecutive days with no observed precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of days without observed precipitation was January, 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 August, with 58% of days reporting some observed precipitation.
Either snow is exceptionally rare at this location or this station did not reliably report it during 1961.
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 1961 was April with an average daily low humidity of 40%, and the most humid month was June with an average daily low humidity of 59%.
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 1961, January had 27 dry days, 4 comfortable days, and no humid days; April had 11 dry days, 19 comfortable days, and no humid days; July had no dry days, 2 comfortable days, and 29 humid days; and October had 3 dry days, 23 comfortable days, and 5 humid days.
The highest sustained wind speed was 28 mph, occurring on February 25; the highest daily mean wind speed was 17 mph (February 25);
The windiest month was April, with an average wind speed of 9 mph. The least windy month was October, 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 1961 with the lowest average visibility was February 22, with an average visibility of 1.1 mi. The month with the lowest average visibility was September, with an average visibility of 6.2 mi. With an average visibility of 9.8 mi, the month of April had the highest average visibility.
This station did not reliably report the cloud ceiling during 1961.