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23 November 1944

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Eastern Front

Soviet troops capture Tokey

The Germans evacuate Finnish Lapland and Macedonia, at opposite ends of the front

Philippines

US 6th Army liberates Limon



Important Events From This day in History November 23rd

An earthquake between 6.5 and 6.8 on the Richter scale struck southern Italy centered on Conza, and the worst hit areas were Sant'Angelo di Lombardi, Lioni, Naples, Teora and Balvano, the death toll is believed to be in the region of 3,000 and has left over 300,000 homeless. In Balvano a small mountain village where more than 100 persons were reported killed, many of them in the collapse of a 600-year-old church during evening vespers services.

1985 : Terrorists belonging to the Abu Nidal Palestinian terrorist Organization hijack EgyptAir Flight 648 shortly after takeoff from Athens. The pilot is forced to land the aircraft at Luqa Airport in Malta. After some negotiation some of the passengers were allowed off but as the terrorists became more desperate they began shooting passengers one every 15 minutes. As the situation worsened an Egyptian Combat Unit is bought in and on the 25th they attack the aircraft with explosives and stormed the aircraft. The commando raid ended in disaster leaving 56 (out of the remaining 88) passengers, two crew members, and one terrorist dead.

1996: Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 Flight ET961 flying from Addis Ababa to Nairobi is hijacked by three men, four hours later after running out of fuel it was forced to ditch into the sea, at least 100 people were killed when the plane disintegrated as it attempted to land .

2001: Although Russia seemed ambivalent about joining NATO, they also are very supportive of this organization. This country has wanted a vote within this organization for a long time. Talk of a Russian-NATO alliance was in the works at this time.

2013 : Over fifty people died after a leaking oil pipeline caught on fire and exploded in Qingdao, China. Over one-hundred others were injured. Several workers associated with the pipeline were later arrested for their irresponsibility in maintaining the pipeline.


Today in World War II History—November 23, 1939 & 1944

80 Years Ago—November 23, 1939: Britain begins rationing bacon and butter.

US celebrates Thanksgiving after President Roosevelt moved the holiday from the last to the second-to-last Thursday to extend the Christmas shopping season—although 22 states retain the original date. (Read more: “Thanksgiving in World War II.” )

Macy’s parade first features Superman balloon.

Adm. William Halsey having Thanksgiving dinner with the crew of battleship USS New Jersey, his flagship, Nov 1944 (US National Archives: 80-G-291498)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 23, 1944: French First Army takes Strasbourg, France.

Chinese-American WASP Hazel Lee is injured in a landing accident at Great Falls, MT she will die on Nov. 25, the last of 38 WASPs to die on duty.

United States celebrates Thanksgiving.

WASP Hazel Ying Lee reviews her performance after a session in a Link trainer, 1944 (US Air Force photo)


U.S. Army Infantrymen Pfc. William G. Curtis of San Diego, California and Pfc. Donald R. Stratton of Colville, Washington of the U.S. 102nd Infantry Division have time for a very brief Thanksgiving Day dinner in a shelled house. 23 November 1944. [1000 x 782]

Listing the states from which they've come from adds a very personal touch to this whole post. Thanks for sharing!

I very briefly lived in Colville, WA so it adds a very personal touch.

Great photo. Any idea where they were? Somewhere in France?

According to the 102nd's wiki, at this time they were occupying sectors near the Wurm River in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, just across the border from the Netherlands. Around this time they had finished training in the Netherlands and were preparing for a push towards the Rhine. They saw their first action in their push to the Roer river, and reached the Rhine by 3 March 1945. After breaking German resistance in this push they would continue to the Elbe, where they met and shook hands with the Soviet 156th Division. After that, during the occupation they discovered a war crime committed in Gardelegen, where the German troops had herded 1,200 prisoners into a barn and torched it. Two men survived this massacre because they had become buried under several other bodies, all of which had been badly burned.

After the war they stayed in Germany with the occupying force in the city of Gotha until it was recalled to the states and inactivated March 1946. During the war they suffered 4,922 casualties, 932 of which were KIA.


History of the 313th Infantry in World War II

Publication date 1947 Usage Public Domain Mark 1.0 Topics WWII, World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental Histories -- United States, United States. -- Army -- Infantry Division, 313rd -- History, World War, 1939-1945, United States. Army, World War II, World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front, United States. Army. 313th Infantry Publisher Washington, Infantry journal press Collection wwIIarchive additional_collections Language English

Contents Foreword by Regimental Commander - 11 Chapter 1: PREPARATION 15 GENERAL ORDERS No. 1— THE ORIGINAL 313th STAFF— EVENTS PRIOR TO ACTIVATION— EARLY DIFFICULTIES— FORMATION OF OFFICERS' CLUB Chapter 2: CAMP PICKETT 20 ACTIVATION DAY— ARRIVAL OF FIRST RECRUITS— LIFE AT CAMP PICKETT —THE TRAINING PROGRAM— DEDICATION OF CAMP PICKETT— MOVEMENT ORDERS Chapter 3: CAMP BLANDING 27 THE TRIP TO BLANDING— STORY OF THE QUARTERING PARTY— EARLY DAYS AT BLANDING — TRAINING AT BLANDING — SAND HILL LAKE EXHIBITION— THE FIRST FURLOUGHS— APPOINTMENT OF REGIMENTAL MASCOT— MOVEMENT ORDERS Chapter 4: TENNESSEE MANEUVERS. 36 ARRIVAL IN TENNESSEE— EARLY DIFFICULTIES— FIRST FIELD MANEUVERS — ACTUAL MANEUVERS — RETURN TO CAMP FORREST — MOVEMENT ORDERS Chapter 5: DESERT TRAINING 41 THE TRIP WEST — CAMP LAGUNA — TRAINING — CALIFORNIA- ARIZONA MANEUVERS— MOVEMENT ORDERS— DEPARTURE Chapter 6: CAMP PHILLIPS 45 LIFE AT CAMP PHILLIPS— WINTER TRAINING— POM— FURLOUGHS— LAST DAYS AT PHILLIPS— MOVEMENT ORDERS Chapter 7: DESTINATION UNKNOWN 56 THE MOVE EASTWARD — CAMP MYLES STANDISH — COMMONWEALTH PIER, BOSTON — EMBARKATION — OVERSEAS VOYAGE — ARRIVAL IN SCOTLAND Chapter 8: THE BRITISH ISLES 63 GARSWOOD PARK AND MARBURY HALL— STORY OF THE ADVANCE PARTY— EARLY ACTIVITIES IN ENGLAND— SPECIAL EVENTS— LYPE HILL- PLYMOUTH— EMBARKATION Chapter 9: THE TAKING OF CHERBOURG 68 LANDING AT UTAH BEACH— ARRIVAL AT SEBEVILLE— FIRST BATTLES- BOMBARDMENT BY FRIENDLY PLANES— THE DRIVE INTO CHERBOURG Chapter 10: THE BATTLES OF NORMANDY 79 EVENTS AFTER CHERBOURG — THE HEDGEROW FIGHTING — HILL 55 — BLOODY HILL— MONTGARDON Chapter 1 1 : THE BREAKTHROUGH AT ST. LO 87 RECEIPT OF ATTACK ORDER— THE BREAKTHROUGH— THE 313th MOTORIZED—CROSSING THE SIENNE RIVER— LINGERVILLE, AVRANCHES, PON TORSON, FOUGERES, LE MANS, LAVAL, LA-MELE-SUR-SARTHE Chapter 12: THE ADVANCE TOWARD PARIS 93 THE ADVANCE TOWARD PARIS— CROSSING THE EURE RIVER— THE SEINE RIVER CROSSING— VAN BIBBER TASK FORCE— FINAL ACTION AT ST. MARTIN Chapter 13: THE MARCH TO BELGIUM 100 RECEIPT OF MOVEMENT ORDER— CROSSING THE SOMME RIVER— UNFORGETTABLE SCENES EN ROUTE— ARRIVAL AT HOWARDRIES, BELGIUM Chapter 14: THE RETURN TO FRANCE 104 THE STAY IN BELGIUM— RECEIPT OF MOVEMENT ORDER— ARRIVAL AT REIMS AND MONTREUIL-SUR-THONNENCE — AMBRACOURT, BETTENCOURT, MIRECOURT, POUSSAY— THE RUMPUS AT RAMECOURT— ARRIVAL AT AVRAINVILLE Chapter 15: THE LUNEVILLE DRIVE 116 THE REST AT AVRAINVILLE — MOVEMENT ORDERS — CAPTURE OF XERMAMENIL— MARCH ON LUNfiVILLE — CROSSING THE MEURTHE RIVER — CAPTURE OF MONCEL AND CROISMARE — PREPARATION FOR THE FORET DE PARROY ATTACK Chapter 16: THE FORET DE PARROY 123 THE BOMBING AND INITIAL ATTACK— SUBSEQUENT EVENTS— FINAL COORDINATED ATTACK— MARAINVILLER, LE NEUVEVILLE AND EMBERMENIL— RELIEF OF 79th BY 44th DIVISION Chapter 17: THE REST AT ROSIERES 130 EARLY ACTIVITIES— PRESENTATION OF AWARDS— ARMISTICE DAY CEREMONIES—VAN BIBBER ASSUMES COMMAND— RESTS END Chapter 18: THE RACE TO ALSACE 134 1st BATTALION ATTACHED TO FRENCH 2d ARMORED DIVISION— ST. POL, ANCERVILLE, MONTIGNY, BARBAS, BLAMONT, SAARBURG, HATTIGNY, FRAGUALFIND, NIEDERHOF, SCHNECKENBUSCH, PFALSBURG, WEYERSHEIM, WEITBRUCK, KURTZENH AUSEN— THE I&R PLATOON IN GAMBSHEIM Chapter 19: THE SIEGFRIED LINE 139 THE 1ST BATTALION IN STRASBOURG— ATTACKS ON THE SIEGFRIED LINE — HAGENAU, BISCHWILLER, OBERHOFFEN, SCHIRRHEIM, SOUFFLENHEIM, SELTZ, NIEWEILLER, SCHAFFHAUSEN, LAUTERBERG, NEW LAUTERBERG, BERG, KARLSRUHE, RIEPERTSWEILER, ROTTBACH, WILDENGUTH, SAEG- BUHL, PICARDIE Chapter 20: RETREAT TOWARD VICTORY 153 HATTEN AND RITTERSHOFFEN— WITHDRAWAL TO HAGENAU, BISCHWILLER— DEFENSE OF HAGENAU LINE— RELIEF BY 506th PARACHUTE INFANTRY— THE MOVE TO PAGNY Chapter 21: THE RHINE CROSSING 157 PREPARATORY TRAINING— OBJECTIVE: PERFECTION— THE SLAGPILE — HAMBORN — THE RHINE-HERNE CANAL — GELSENKI RCHEN, BOCHUM, ESSEN— OPERATION ZIG-ZAG Chapter 22: ANTICLIMAX 168 ACTIVITIES IN SCHWERTE— SURRENDER OF GERMAN ARMY— THE MOVE TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA— ACTIVITIES IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA— THE MOVE TO VICINITY OF HAMMELBURG, GERMANY — JAPAN'S SURRENDER AND WAR'S END Chapter 23: IN ACTIVATION 173 EVENTS FOLLOWING JAPAN'S SURRENDER — THE 313th INFANTRY RETURNS HOME APPENDIXES Medal of Honor Citation, T/Sgt. Robert E. Gerstung 176 Roster of Officers 177 Roster of Enlisted Men 178 Distinguished Unit Citation, 3d Battalion 202 Award of Croix de Guerre with Palm, 79th Division 203 MAPS 1. CHERBOURG 70 2. MONTGARDON 80 3. MONTGARDON-SEINE I 86 4. MONTGARDON-SEINE II 94 5. SEINE TO BELGIUM 101 6. POUSSAY 107 7. WALSUM 163 ( Unless otherwise credited, all photographs in this book by Pfc. Stig Stabe, 313th Infantry ) Digitized by Digitized by Google.


This Week in AG History -- November 11, 1944

When President Woodrow Wilson declared the United States&rsquo first observation of Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, he envisioned a world that would &ldquowork out in peace a new and juster set of international relations.&rdquo However, history would show that the world was not yet done with international war. Twenty-five years after that first declaration, the Pentecostal Evangel reported on Nov. 11, 1944, that nearly 12,000,000 men had taken up arms and were serving their country in war-time military service. The Assemblies of God provided several ministry avenues to these servicemen but one of the most critical was to &ldquogive our prayers and our wholehearted support to those who are in by far the most strategic position to sustain them &mdash the United States chaplains.&rdquo

As early as 1917, the Assemblies of God began work among servicemen when a motion by Raymond T. Richey, of Houston, Texas, to &ldquoadopt every available means consistent with Scriptural teaching and example to co-operate with every approved agency for revivals among our soldiers&rdquo was approved by the General Council.

However, at the 1941 General Council in Minneapolis, which took as its theme &ldquoOur Place in the Present World Crises,&rdquo the need became apparent that a more complete plan for providing ministry to servicemen was needed. This plan came to include quarterly publications for military personnel, service centers near military bases and the creation of resources for local churches to minister to soldiers. The Assemblies of God also felt the need to provide some of its ministers as U.S. Military Chaplains.

The qualifications for chaplains were very high. In December of 1941, Army Regulation 605-30 stated that an applicant must be &ldquoa male U.S. citizen, between the ages of 23 and 34, regularly ordained and in good standing with an organization which holds an apportionment of chaplain appointments, a graduate of both 4-year college and 3-year theological seminary, and have 3 years of ministerial experience.&rdquo

Many ministers from the Assemblies of God, as well as other denominations, wished to serve their country as chaplains but found the educational requirements prohibitive. Due to the overwhelming need, educational and experiential requirements were at times waived or relaxed until the end of the crises. The first Assemblies of God Chaplain was Clarence P. Smales, who received his commission in June of 1941. During World War II, 34 Assemblies of God ministers left their churches, homes, and families to serve their country in providing spiritual care for military personnel. Of these, two were awarded the Purple Heart and three the Bronze Star.

The Servicemen&rsquos Department of the Assemblies of God (created in 1944) provided these chaplains with needed equipment not provided by other sources, such as public address systems, short wave radios, Bibles, and communion sets.

In the Nov. 11, 1944, article, Hard But Glorious, Assemblies of God Navy Chaplain Joseph Gerhart tells of a seaman needing an immediate removal of an appendix. The operation was set to be carried out on the dining room table, and the roughness of the sea added to the peril. The ship&rsquos doctor had not performed an operation for several years, adding to the young man&rsquos apprehension. The sailor had been attending Chaplain Gerhart&rsquos services but did not come from a church that believed in divine healing. Gerhart reports that he &ldquoprayed that God would heal his body &hellip the boy began to improve immediately and the doctor came in after a while and said that the operation would not be necessary.&rdquo The boy was back on his feet the next day, much relieved at foregoing the surgery.

On this 25 th anniversary of Armistice Day (renamed Veterans Day in 1954) the Evangel editors called their readers to assist these chaplains by use of the most powerful weapon the church has in its arsenal: prayer. &ldquoWe are sure you feel with us the urgent necessity of sparing no effort &mdash for the reward is great! We must not let them down! . PRAY!&rdquo

Read the full article &ldquoHard But Glorious&rdquo on page 9 of the Nov. 11, 1944, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.

Also featured in this issue:

* "The Apostolic Message, Method and Might," by H. B. Garlock

* "That Blessed Hope," by D. A. Clark

* "A Trophy of God&rsquos Grace," by D. W. Murphy, missionary to North India

Pentecostal Evangel archived editions courtesy of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center.


American Public Opinion and the Holocaust

Americans rarely agree as overwhelmingly as they did in November 1938. Just two weeks after Nazi Germany coordinated a brutal nationwide attack against Jews within its own borders -- an event known as "Kristallnacht" -- Gallup asked Americans: "Do you approve or disapprove of the Nazi treatment of Jews in Germany?" Nearly everyone who responded -- 94% -- indicated that they disapproved.

Yet, even though nearly all Americans condemned the Nazi regime's terror against Jews in November 1938, that very same week, 72% of Americans said "No" when Gallup asked: "Should we allow a larger number of Jewish exiles from Germany to come to the United States to live?" Just 21% said "Yes."

Why this yawning gap between disapproval of the Nazi regime's persecutions and a willingness to aid refugees? Gallup polling on these topics during the Nazi era helps answer this question, providing important context for understanding Americans' responses to the threat of Nazism.

Americans' widespread disapproval of the Nazi regime's treatment of Jews could not necessarily be assumed in 1938, given evidence that the U.S. was not immune from its own xenophobia and discrimination.

Prejudice against Jews in the U.S. was evident in a number of ways in the 1930s. According to historian Leonard Dinnerstein, more than 100 new anti-Semitic organizations were founded in the U.S. between 1933 and 1941. One of the most influential, Father Charles Coughlin's National Union for Social Justice, spread Nazi propaganda and accused all Jews of being communists. Coughlin broadcast anti-Jewish ideas to millions of radio listeners, asking them to "pledge" with him to "restore America to the Americans."

Further to the fringes, William Dudley Pelley's Silver Legion of America ("Silver Shirts") fashioned themselves after Nazi Stormtroopers ("brownshirts"). The German American Bund celebrated Nazism openly, established Hitler Youth-style summer camps in communities across the United States and hoped to see the dawn of fascism in America.

Even if the Silver Shirts and the Bund did not represent the mainstream, Gallup polls showed that many Americans held seemingly prejudicial ideas about Jews. A remarkable survey conducted in April 1938 found that more than half of Americans blamed Europe's Jews for their own treatment at the hands of the Nazis. This poll showed that 54% of Americans agreed that "the persecution of Jews in Europe has been partly their own fault," with 11% believing it was "entirely" their own fault. Hostility to refugees was so ingrained that just two months after Kristallnacht, 67% of Americans opposed a bill in the U.S. Congress intended to admit child refugees from Germany. The bill never made it to the floor of Congress for a vote.

Reluctance to admit refugees most likely resulted in part from the profound economic insecurity that typified the times. During the 1930s, nothing captured Americans' attention more than the devastating Great Depression, and hunger and employment took precedence over concerns about the rise of fascism abroad and its victims.

The Great Depression was in its eighth year when the U.S. economy bottomed out again in 1937, the year before Kristallnacht. Unemployment spiked to 20% in 1938, and nearly half of Americans believed the United States had not yet hit the low point of the Depression. The notion that "those refugees" would take "our" jobs prevailed across much of America, even though courageous individuals like Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins tried to convince colleagues in the federal government that immigration would spark economic recovery rather than slow it down. Even as late as the spring of 1939, with war pressures building in Europe, Americans were more likely to say economic issues were the most important problem facing the U.S. than they were to mention war.

This economic insecurity no doubt helped to intensify anti-immigrant sentiment that dated back to the 1920s. By the time Americans became aware of the refugee crisis facing Europe's Jews, America's "golden doors" for immigrants had been all but closed for nearly 15 years, ever since the U.S. Congress passed the 1924 National Origins Quota Act.

The immigration process was designed to be exclusionary and difficult. In that regard, it "worked." Most of Europe's Jews who were unable to find haven from Nazism -- whether in the U.S. or elsewhere -- did not survive the Holocaust. During the 12 years of Nazi rule, historians estimate that the U.S. admitted somewhere between 180,000 and 220,000 Jewish refugees -- more than any other nation in the world, but far fewer than it could have under existing immigration laws.

Prevailing sentiment against admitting refugees reflected the United States' consistent desire to remain isolated from world affairs. President Franklin Roosevelt, harkening back to George Washington's 1796 farewell address, promised Americans that the nation would remain "unentangled." That's what Americans wanted to hear. The U.S. stayed out of conflicts such as the Spanish Civil War, just as Americans hoped it would.

Hindsight tells us that preparing for and fighting in World War II lifted the country out of the Depression, but polling reveals much more pessimism about the prospects for the war before the U.S. entered it. Even in July 1941, as the majority of Americans believed U.S. entrance into the war was inevitable, 77% thought the war would be followed by another economic depression.

Americans remained reluctant to go to war against Nazism partly because of the lessons they took away from intervening in World War I, when some 116,000 Americans were killed. Even in 1941, with all of Europe at war and the U.S. on the brink of entry, about four in 10 Americans still believed that intervention in World War I had been a mistake.

War in Europe began during the first week of September 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland in response, both Great Britain and France declared war on Germany. Nearly half (48%) of Americans responding to a Gallup poll that week said the U.S. should not get involved, even if it looked like England and France were losing. Roosevelt took to the airwaves that week either to reinforce or to follow public opinion, declaring that the U.S. would "remain a neutral nation."

Nine months later, as France and other Western European nations fell to Nazi Germany, 79% of Americans in a Gallup poll said if they had the chance, they would vote to stay out of the war, and by the summer of 1941, almost eight out of 10 Americans continued to say they did not want the U.S. to enter the war.

All of this concern about the economy and the desire to avoid getting entangled in world affairs -- particularly another European war -- almost certainly played a part in Americans' reluctance to favor bringing Jewish refugees into the country.

A final piece of important context: In 1938, it was not yet clear to anyone that Nazi Germany's persecution of Jews within its own borders would lead to the mass murder of Jews throughout all of Europe. The Nazi regime itself still had not devised that plan at Kristallnacht murder would become Germany's "Final Solution to the Jewish question" in 1941.

Even during World War II, as the American public started to realize that the rumors of mass murder in death camps were true, they struggled to grasp the vast scale and scope of the crime. In November 1944, well over 5 million Jews had been murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Yet just under one-quarter of Americans who answered the poll could believe that more than 1 million people had been murdered by Germans in concentration camps 36% believed that 100,000 or fewer had been killed.

Only with the benefit of hindsight can we connect dots that many Americans could not have at the time. And yet, the stark contrast of these two November 1938 polls, revealing the troubling gap between disapproval of Nazism and willingness to admit refugees, continues to resonate. These findings not only shine a disturbing light on Americans' responses to atrocities during the Holocaust but also are consistent with polls conducted since. A Gallup poll just after the war still showed solid opposition to allowing European refugees fleeing their war-torn continent to come to the United States, and Gallup polls in the decades since have shown Americans' continuing reluctance to accept refugees from other nations.


23 November 1944 - History

(Scanned from Polmar and Carpenter's "Submarines of The Imperial Japanese Navy")

This was the most numerous class of Japanese submarines. These boats were fast, long-ranged, and carried a seaplane, which could be launched on a forward catapult. However, I-17 carried the catapult aft, and her hangar opened aft as well. During the war, the aircraft facilities were removed from some boats in order to mount a second 14cm gun. In 1944, I-36 and I-37 were modified to carry four Kaiten, and I-36 was later modified again to carry six Kaiten.

They were used extensively and had their share of successes. On 31 August 1942, I-26 damaged aircraft carrier USS Saratoga with one torpedo hit (out of six launched), removing her from the Guadalcanal campaign at a critical time. Two weeks later, on 15 September, I-19 achieved an incredible success when she fired six torpedoes at aircraft carrier USS Wasp. Two of these hit the carrier forward and ignited gasoline storage, dooming the ship. The remaining four torpedoes of this salvo went several thousand yards further and encountered a second American carrier task force, damaging battleship USS North Carolina enough to require two months to repair, and sinking destroyer USS O'Brien. This was among the most damaging torpedo salvoes in history. On 13 October, it was again the turn of I-26 as she finished off USS Juneau, one of several damaged and unescorted American cruisers which survived the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal the evening before. The loss of life on USS Juneau was extreme, including the five Sullivan brothers. Bagnasco credits all of the Type B boats (B1, B2, and B3 combined) with sinking 56 merchant ships of 372,730 GRT.

Of these 20 boats, 95% were lost during the war, and only I-36 survived. I-15 was lost off San Cristobol on 2 November 1942 to destroyer USS McCalla. I-17 was sunk by New Zealand trawler Tui and 2 US Navy aircraft off Noumea on 19 August 1943. I-19 was probably lost to attack by US Navy aircraft on 18 October 1943. I-21 was lost to aircraft from escort carrier USS Chenango on 29 November 1943. I-23 was an operational loss in February of 1942. Destroyer USS Patterson sank I-25 off the New Hebrides on 3 September 1943. I-26 survived until October 1944, when she became an operational loss off Leyte. I-27 was sunk by HMS Paladin and HMS Petard off Addu Atoll on 12 February 1944. I-28 was torpedoed by submarine USS Tautog south of Truk on 17 May 1944, and I-29 received similar treatment from USS Sawfish in Balintang Channel on 26 July, 1944. A mine claimed I-30 off Singapore on 13 October 1942. I-31 was lost to destroyers USS Edwards and USS Farragut off Kiska 12 May 1943. I-32 was sunk by destroyer escort USS Manlove and PC 1135 south of Wotje 24 March 1944. I-33 was an operational loss during sea trials in the Inland Sea 13 June 1944. I-34 was sunk by submarine HMS Taurus off Penang 13 November 1943. Destroyers USS Meade and USS Frazier sank I-35 off Tarawa 23 November 1943. I-36 was the sole survivor among this class, and was scuttled off Goto Island 1 April 1946. Destroyer escorts USS Conklin and USS McCoy Reynolds sank I-37 off Leyte 19 November 1944. I-38 was lost to destroyer USS Nicholas south of Yap 12 November 1944, while destroyer USS Boyd eliminated I-39 in the Gilberts 26 November 1943.


Today in Weather History

Southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina have experienced a wide variety of weather phenomena. Major hurricanes, memorable snowstorms, extreme heat, bitter cold, severe storms and tornadoes, even flooding &ndash we really have seen it all! We created this calendar to document these memorable events in our forecast area and educate people about the extreme weather that has occurred here over the past 100+ years. Wilmington, NC and Florence, SC have extensive climate records dating back to 1874 and 1948, respectively. We used data from many other sources as well including national storm databases, cooperative weather observers, CoCoRaHS rainfall totals, and local storm reports. To view daily temperature and precipitation records for our four climate sites, click here. We hope you enjoy learning about our local weather history!

Today in Local Weather History
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  • January 1, 1871
  • Wilmington, NC daily precipitation records began at the corner of Market and Water St. (same building as the present day Riverboat Landing restaurant).
  • January 1, 1985
  • Wilmington, NC recorded a high temperature of 81°F, which is 25 degrees above normal for the beginning of January and a record for January 1st.
  • January 2, 1985
  • This was the second day in a row that Wilmington, NC reached 80°F, more than 20 degrees above normal for early January.
  • January 3, 1982
  • 2.57&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall occurred in Wilmington, NC.
  • January 3, 2002
  • A winter storm over the Carolinas produced 4.0&rsquo&rsquo of snow in Florence, SC and near Red Springs, NC, as well as 2.2&rsquo&rsquo of snow near Cades, SC. Wilmington, NC received 1.5&rsquo&rsquo of snow. Click here to learn more!
  • January 3, 2018
  • An ice and snow storm moved across most of the eastern Carolinas. Storm total snowfall of 8 inches was measured in Andrews, SC, while 4-6 inches was measured across Pender County, NC and most of northeast South Carolina. This storm came during a cold snap for the region, with average temperatures between 22 and 26 degrees for the week of January 1st to January 7th led to coldest start to the year on record for all four of our climate sites! Click here to learn more!
  • January 4, 1918
  • It was a very cold day as highs barely eclipsed freezing and lows dropped into the teens across our forecast area. Officially, Wilmington, NC dropped to a low of 11°F. Our records indicate temperatures may have dropped into the single digits over our inland areas. An observer in Darlington, SC reported a low of 9°F, while another observer in Lumberton, NC recorded a low of 5°F.
  • January 5, 1874
  • 3.53&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC.
  • January 5, 1874
  • 4.4" of snow fell in Wilmington, NC. 3.5" was observed in Lumberton and Whiteville, NC.
  • January 5, 2010
  • A low temperature of 17°F in Florence, SC marked the third consecutive day that the temperature fell below 20°F, tied for the second longest streak on record.
  • January 6, 1912
  • The high temperature in Wilmington, NC only reached 24°F, which is the lowest daily maximum temperature on record here in January.
  • January 6, 1995
  • An F0 tornado touched down in Bladen County northeast of Elizabethtown, NC, resulting in 1 fatality and 3 injuries.
  • January 6, 2008
  • North Myrtle Beach, SC recorded a high temperature of 89°F, which is over 30 degrees above normal for early January.
  • January 7, 1988
  • 9.9" of snow fell in Florence, SC from a powerful winter storm that impacted western and central Carolinas before moving up to the northeast. This is the 3rd greatest snowfall on record for Florence.
  • January 7, 1995
  • 2.55&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall occurred in Wilmington, NC. An observer in Lake City, SC reported 2.94&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • January 7, 2018
  • Average temperatures between 22 and 26 degrees for the week of January 1st to January 7th 2018 led to coldest start to the year on record for all four of our climate sites! Click here to learn more!
  • January 8, 1953
  • Two people were injured when an F2 tornado touched down in Florence County near Effingham, SC.
  • January 8, 1973
  • 1.5&rsquo&rsquo of snow fell in Wilmington, NC, and the high temperature only reached 33°F.
  • January 8, 1998
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Wilmington, NC, injuring 3 people and causing $180,000 worth of damage. Damage done to a convenience store and manufacturing plant, as well as a station wagon tossed 100 feet into the air.
  • January 8, 2018
  • Florence, SC had a minimum temperature of 17°F. This marked the 7th day in a row Florence record a low below 20°F, the longest streak on record. Lumberton, NC measured a low of 15°F, the 8th day in a row with lows below 20°F and tied 2nd longest streak on record. Click here to learn more!
  • January 9, 1970
  • It was a cold day across the eastern Carolinas as the high temperature only reached 27°F in Florence, SC and 29°F in Wilmington, NC.
  • January 10, 1973
  • This day marked the end of the biggest ice storm on record for Wilmington, NC. Between Jan 7 and Jan 10, ice accumulation total was estimated at 0.75", with 1.9" of snow and sleet mixed in over the four days. The ice storm had major impacts on travel and power lines, and one person was killed when a building collapsed due to weight of ice and snow. Click here to learn more.
  • January 10, 2011
  • 3.8&rsquo&rsquo of snow fell in Wilmington, NC, and the high temperature only reached 32°F. 3.0" fell in Florence, SC. Click here to view map of NC snow accumulations!
  • January 11, 1891
  • 3.16&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC.
  • January 11, 1962
  • The high temperature in Wilmington, NC only reached 25°F, which is the second lowest daily maximum temperature on record here in January.
  • January 12, 1964
  • 2.67" of rain fell fell in the Myrtle Beach area, its highest single day rainfall on record for January.
  • January 12, 1982
  • A low temperature of 14°F in Wilmington, NC marked the third consecutive day that the low temperature fell below 15°F.
  • January 13, 1912
  • 8.4&rsquo&rsquo of snow fell in Wilmington, NC, which is the highest daily snowfall on record here during the month of January, and 5th highest single day snow total.
  • January 13, 1981
  • Wilmington, NC dropped to a low of 7°F, which is the third coldest temperature on record here.
  • January 13, 2020
  • An EF1 tornado developed near Loris High School in SC, where it did damage to cars in the parking lot as well as nearby barn and trailer. Tornado was captured on video by the school's security system. Click here to read the storm survey statement.
  • January 14, 1912
  • The high in Lumberton, NC only reached 16°F, which is the lowest ALL-TIME daily maximum temperature on record here. Low temps in Lumberton reached 10°F. In addition, 10" of snow fell in Lumberton, NC, bringing its two day snowfall total to 13".
  • January 14, 1981
  • Lumberton, NC recorded a low of 8°F. This was the 10th day in a row low temperatures dropped below 20°F, the longest streak on record for the site.
  • January 14, 1993
  • The Little Pee Dee River near Galivants Ferry, SC crested at 12.47 ft., which exceeded major flood stage of 12 ft.
  • January 15, 1988
  • A winter storm dropped 5&rsquo&rsquo of snow in Wilmington, NC. Myrtle Beach, SC received an estimated 5" of snow, and an observer in Georgetown, SC measured 4&rsquo&rsquo of snow.
  • January 15, 1995
  • 2.06&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Florence, SC. An observer in Conway, SC measured 3.45&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • January 16, 1950
  • It was a very warm day across the area, with high temperatures over 20 degrees above normal! Florence SC, Myrtle Beach SC, and Wilmington NC all reached a high of 81°F. This is tied for warmest January temperature on record for the Myrtle Beach area.
  • January 16, 2010
  • Lumberton, NC, Florence, SC, and Wilmington, NC all dropped below freezing for the 15th consecutive day.
  • January 17, 1977
  • Wilmington, NC experienced a high of 26°F and a low of 11°F, resulting in the second lowest daily average temperature (18.5°F) on record in January.
  • January 17, 2011
  • A low temperature of 30°F in Lumberton, NC marked the 15th consecutive day that the temperature fell below freezing.
  • January 17, 2013
  • A microburst near Chadbourn, NC produced damaging winds of 70-75 mph. Around 10 homes were damaged, trees were snapped, and large limbs were downed in the area. Click here to read the WECT article for the event.
  • January 18, 1915
  • 3.84&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall was reported in Wilmington, NC, a record amount for the month of January.
  • January 18, 1920
  • The Waccamaw River near Conway, SC reached its low water record of 3.71 ft (tied with 1/21/1928 and 1/29/1934).
  • January 19, 1900
  • 2.85&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC.
  • January 19, 2005
  • North Myrtle Beach, SC dropped to a low temperature of 14°F.
  • January 20, 2009
  • A significant snowfall occurred in our forecast area with up to 4&rsquo&rsquo of snow in Tar Heel, NC, White Lake, NC, and Maxton, NC. 3&rsquo&rsquo of snow fell in Tabor City, NC, Whiteville, NC, and Dillon, SC. Elsewhere, 1-2&rsquo&rsquo of snow was reported across much of the area, with 1&rsquo&rsquo or less along the coast. Click here to learn more!
  • January 21, 1985
  • Florence, SC recorded its all-time coldest temperature of 0°F. The low temperature in Wilmington, NC dropped to 5°F, which is the second coldest temperature on record here. The low temperature at Lumberton, NC dropped to -1°F, tied for second coldest temperature on record and its coldest January temperature. Click here to learn more!
  • January 22, 1893
  • A low temperature of 25°F in Wilmington, NC marked the 19th consecutive day that the temperature fell below freezing. This is tied for the longest streak of below freezing days in Wilmington&rsquos history.
  • January 23, 1998
  • 3.03&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall occurred in Wilmington, NC.
  • January 23, 1999
  • 2.10&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Florence, SC, a record amount for the month of January.
  • January 23, 2003
  • A winter storm dropped temperatures into the low 20s and produced 3&rsquo&rsquo of snow in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Click here to learn more!
  • January 24, 2005
  • Lumberton, NC dropped to a low temperature of 12°F.
  • January 24, 2015
  • A coastal storm produced gusts as high as 49 mph at Wrightsville Beach, Southport, and Johnnie Mercer Pier. Rainfall totals over 3 inches were reported along the coast, with 3.40" in Winnabow, NC the highest. Click here for more storm totals!
  • January 25, 2000
  • A powerful winter storm dropped 4-7&rsquo&rsquo of snow across southeast North Carolina and 1-2 feet of snow across central North Carolina. Florence, SC received an estimated 7" of snow and an observer measured 6.0" in Conway, SC. Wilmington, NC received 5&rsquo&rsquo of snow from this storm. Click here to learn more!
  • January 26, 2004
  • An ice storm resulted in ice accumulations exceeding 1 inch in parts of Columbus County, NC. Thousands of people lost power, trees were knocked down, and bridges iced over across coastal NC and SC. Click here to learn more!
  • January 27, 1974
  • Florence, SC experienced a high of 81°F and a low of 66°F, resulting in the warmest daily average temperature on record (73.5°F) for January.
  • January 27, 1981
  • Temperature at Lumberton, NC dropped to 25°F. This was the 27th day in a row with below freezing temperatures, and the longest streak on record at the station.
  • January 27, 1987
  • 1.9&rsquo&rsquo of snow fell in Florence, SC, giving them a 2-day snowfall of 3.9&rsquo&rsquo.
  • January 28, 1940
  • It was a very cold day across the area. Myrtle Beach, SC reached a low of 10°, the area's coldest January temperature on record and tied for second lowest all-time temperature. A cold 6°F low was observed south of Society Hill, SC, and 8°F low was recorded in Darlington, SC.
  • January 28, 1974
  • Florence, SC experienced a high of 82°F and a low of 63°F, resulting in the second warmest daily average temperature on record (72.5°F) for January.
  • January 28, 2014
  • Significant winter storm impacted southeast NC and northeast SC January 28-29. Snow and sleet accumulations of 2 to 4 inches were reported inland, while less than 2 inches fell closer to the coast. Cold and cloudy conditions the following days made icy roads the biggest impact from the event. Click here to read more!
  • January 29, 2002
  • Well above normal temperatures were reported across the eastern Carolinas. Florence, SC climbed to 80°F, Wilmington, NC reached 78°F, and Lumberton, NC reached 77°F.
  • January 30, 1936
  • 6.5&rsquo&rsquo of snow fell in Wilmington, NC. 8.5" of snow was measured by COOP observer in Lumberton, NC and 8.0" in Willard, NC and Society Hill, SC.
  • January 30, 1966
  • The high temperature in Florence, SC only reached 22°F, which is the lowest daily maximum temperature on record here in January.
  • January 30, 2013
  • Gradient winds associated with a frontal passage downed trees and power lines in several of our inland counties, including but not limited to Robeson, Bladen, and Darlington County. These winds were not associated with any thunderstorm activity. Click here to read more!
  • January 31, 1965
  • 2.5&rsquo&rsquo of snow fell in Wilmington, NC, and the high temperature only reached 32°F.
  • January 31, 1975
  • Florence, SC recorded its warmest January temperature on record with a high of 85°F. Wilmington, NC recorded its warmest January temperature as well with a high of 82°F.
  • January 31, 2013
  • Gusty winds of 40-50 mph continued across our area in the early morning hours as a cold front swept through the Carolinas. The highest wind gust (59 mph) was reported from the Cape Fear Pilots Station in Southport, NC. Click here to view the LSR.
  • February 1, 1948
  • A cold air mass was in place across the region, and high temperatures only reached the mid 30s. Portions of the forecast area received light snow &ndash 2.0&rsquo&rsquo in Hartsville, SC, 1.5&rsquo&rsquo in Elizabethtown, NC, and 1.0&rsquo&rsquo in Dillon, SC. Wilmington, NC and Florence, SC both reported traces of snowfall.
  • February 1, 1976
  • The barometric pressure in Wilmington, NC dropped to 983.4 millibars as low pressure systems combined and deepened along the Mid-Atlantic coast. The winds in Wilmington gusted to 48 mph as the storm system strengthened. A 38 ft. boat was blown ashore at Wrightsville Beach, and one person drowned in Lake Waccamaw. Click here to learn more!
  • February 2, 1973
  • Florence, SC received its second highest daily rainfall total (2.78&rsquo&rsquo) on record during the month of February.
  • February 2, 1981
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Dillon County near the Fork community. Several barns and two mobile homes were destroyed. No injuries or fatalities.
  • February 3, 1998
  • 3.37&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC, its highest daily precipitation total on record for the month of February.
  • February 4, 1998
  • This was the second day of a heavy rain event that resulted in 2-4 inches of precipitation across much of the forecast area. An observer in Willard, NC reported 4.00&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall. Wilmington, NC received 3.76&rsquo&rsquo of rain along with wind gusts up to 38 mph. The barometric pressure in Wilmington fell to 983.4 millibars. Another observer in Myrtle Beach, SC measured 3.50&rsquo&rsquo of rain. In the coming days, several local rivers exceeded major flood stage in response to the heavy rain. Click here to learn more!
  • February 4, 2011
  • A stalled frontal boundary over the southeast U.S. resulted in widespread, cold rain across the eastern Carolinas. A CoCoRaHS observer near Myrtle Beach, SC measured 3.03&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall. Other rainfall totals include: 2.12&rsquo&rsquo in Wilmington, NC, 2.04&rsquo&rsquo in North Myrtle Beach, SC, and 1.57&rsquo&rsquo in Lumberton, NC.
  • February 5
  • *TODAY IS NATIONAL WEATHERPERSON&rsquoS DAY*
  • February 5, 1996
  • The low temperature in Florence, SC dropped to 11°F, its lowest temperature on record during the month of February.
  • February 5, 1998
  • The Lumber River at Lumberton, NC crested at 19.47 ft., which exceeded major flood stage of 19 ft. This is the 5th highest river crest level on record for this point.
  • In addition, 4.50" fell in North Myrtle Beach. SC, the highest one-day rainfall in the month of February for the area.
  • February 6, 1896
  • A Nor&rsquoEaster moved up the Atlantic coast, producing 1.42&rsquo&rsquo of rain in Wilmington, NC. The barometric pressure in Wilmington dropped to 984.4 millibars, which is one of the twenty lowest pressure readings on record at this site. Click here to learn more!
  • February 6, 1980
  • Florence, SC received its fifth highest daily snowfall on record with 4.8&rsquo&rsquo of snow.
  • February 7, 1965
  • Heavy rainfall occurred along the northeast coast of South Carolina. Brookgreen Gardens (near Murrells Inlet, SC) reported the highest rainfall total of 3.74&rsquo&rsquo. Andrews, SC received 2.22&rsquo&rsquo of rain, and Georgetown, SC reported 1.74&rsquo&rsquo of rain. The Myrtle Beach AFB measured 1.73&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • February 8, 1998
  • The Little Pee Dee River near Galivants Ferry, SC crested at 12.33 ft., which exceeded major flood stage of 12 ft.
  • February 9, 1870
  • The beginning of the National Weather Service we know today occurred on this date when President Ulysses S. Grant signed a joint resolution of Congress authorizing the Secretary of War to establish a national weather service. Click for more Details.
  • February 9, 1973
  • This was the beginning of a record two day snowstorm over the eastern Carolinas. 6.8&rsquo&rsquo of snow fell in Wilmington, NC, and 4.0&rsquo&rsquo of snow was reported in Florence, SC. Click here to learn more!
  • February 10, 1973
  • A powerful winter storm continued across the eastern Carolinas. 13.0&rsquo&rsquo of snow fell in Florence, SC, which is an all-time daily snowfall record for this site. Two-day snowfall in Florence, SC totaled 17.0&rsquo&rsquo, also an all-time record. A weather observer in Darlington, SC reported 18.0&rsquo&rsquo of snow. Wilmington, NC received an additional 5.7&rsquo&rsquo of snow to bring the two-day total to 12.5&rsquo&rsquo, which is the second largest snowstorm on record here. Click here to learn more!
  • February 11, 1912
  • Wilmington, NC received its third highest daily snowfall on record with 9.4&rsquo&rsquo of snow. Combined with January 13th snowstorm, this brought the 1911-1912 winter season snow total up to 18.4" at Wilmington, the snowiest winter on record. Lumberton, NC received 12.0" of snow, it's highest single day snowfall on record. This brought Lumberton's season total up to 25.3", making it the snowiest winter on record.
  • February 12, 1973
  • Lumberton, NC reached a cold 3°F low temperature, its coldest February temperature on record. An observer in Kingstree, SC recorded a low 0°F, and 2°F was observed in Loris, SC.
  • February 12, 1978
  • Florence, SC dropped below freezing for the 18th consecutive day, matching the most consecutive days of below freezing temperatures on record at this site.
  • February 12, 2010
  • The eastern Carolinas received several inches of snow from a winter storm that began today and continued into the early morning hours of Feb. 13. Outland, SC received 7.0&rsquo&rsquo of snow, Hemingway, SC reported 6.8&rsquo&rsquo of snow, and Burgaw, NC received 6.0&rsquo&rsquo of snow. Even coastal towns like Southport, NC and Surf City, NC measured 5.0&rsquo&rsquo of snow. Elsewhere, snowfall totals were generally in the 2-5&rsquo&rsquo range. Click here to view snow totals from this event!
  • February 12, 2014
  • A very damaging ice storm affected eastern North and South Carolina, producing devastating freezing rain along and east of I-95 all the way down to the coast. Ice accumulations measured as high as 1.5 inches in Kingstree, SC. In Wilmington, this was the second largest ice storm on record since 1947 with over half an inch of ice measured at the Wilmington International Airport. Click here to learn more!
  • February 13, 1899
  • The high in Wilmington only reached 16°F, which is tied for the lowest ALL-TIME daily maximum temperature on record here. Low temps in Wilmington reached 10°F. 4" of snow fell in Wilmington, NC, bringing its three day snowfall total to 5". Other three day snowfall totals across the area: 10" in Society Hill and Effingham, SC 8" in Darlington, Florence, and Conway, SC.
  • February 13, 1978
  • Wilmington, NC dropped below freezing for the 19th consecutive day, the longest streak of below freezing days on record at this site.
  • February 14, 1899
  • The low temperature in Wilmington, NC dropped to 5°F, its lowest temperature on record during the month of February, and tied for 2nd lowest all-time temperature recorded at the station.
  • February 14, 2000
  • A line of strong storms moved across the forecast area in the early morning hours, producing severe wind gusts along the coast. A Skywarn observer in Pender County, NC measured a 68 mph wind gust. In Wilmington, NC, the winds gusted to 62 mph at the airport. Click here to learn more!
  • February 15, 1980
  • Wilmington, NC fell below freezing for the 17th consecutive day, the second longest streak of below freezing days on record at this site.
  • February 16, 1975
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Robeson County near Parkton, NC, injuring 1 person.
  • February 17, 1958
  • Unusually cold temperatures were documented across the forecast area as the highs only reached 28°F in Florence, SC and 25°F in Wilmington, NC. Low temperatures across the region dropped into the low to mid teens.
  • February 17, 2015
  • Ice storm developed in northern and western parts of the area. Most substantial accretion of freezing rain occurred from Darlington and Hartsville through Bennettsville, Lumberton, eastward into northern Pender County north of Burgaw. Two locations in Robeson County reported four-tenths of an inch or greater ice accretion. Click here to learn more!
  • February 18, 1896
  • Wilmington, NC received its highest all-time daily snowfall with 11.1&rsquo&rsquo of snow. February 17-18 two day snowfall total of 12.1" ranks as 3rd largest snowstorm in Wilmington's history. Click here to learn more!
  • February 18, 1958
  • Myrtle Beach, SC reached a low of 9°F, the area's ALL-TIME low temperature on record. Low temperatures across the area ranged from 7°F to 14°F.
  • February 18, 1979
  • 11.0&rsquo&rsquo of snow fell in Florence, SC, its second highest daily snowfall on record. A weather observer in Marion, SC reported 8.0&rsquo&rsquo of snow. Snowfall totals near the coast were modest, with 1.5&rsquo&rsquo in Conway, SC and less than 0.5&rsquo&rsquo in Wilmington, NC.
  • February 19, 1963
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Robeson County near Maxton, NC. A small home was lifted from its foundation and dropped into roadway.
  • February 19, 1998
  • The Waccamaw River near Conway, SC crested at 14.63 ft., which exceeded major flood stage of 14 ft.
  • February 20, 1968
  • Florence, SC dropped below freezing for the 18th consecutive day, matching the most consecutive days of below freezing temperatures on record at this site.
  • February 21, 1888
  • Wilmington, NC received its second highest daily rainfall total (3.23&rsquo&rsquo) on record during the month of February.
  • February 21, 1989
  • An F0 tornado touched down in Dillon County northeast of Little Rock, SC, injuring one person and damaging several mobile homes, businesses, and homes. Widespread wind damage occurred across most of the area. Click here to view more info and storm reports from NOAA's Storm Data report!
  • February 22, 1962
  • An F2 tornado touched down in Marion, SC and tracked eastward to Mullins, SC, injuring 1 person. Another F1 tornado was confirmed in Williamsburg County east of Kingstree, SC. Additionally, 2.86&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Florence, SC, its highest daily precipitation total on record for the month of February.
  • February 22, 2003
  • A squall line moved across the Carolinas, leading to numerous wind damage reports and strong observed wind gusts. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • February 23, 1901
  • Wilmington, NC received its fourth highest daily snowfall on record with 9.0&rsquo&rsquo of snow. 7.4" of snow fell in Southport, NC.
  • February 24, 1901
  • Impressive two-day snowfall totals were observed across the area from Feb 23 to Feb 24: 10" measured in Effingham, SC, 9.6" in Smiths Mill, SC, and 9.0" in Conway, SC.
  • February 24, 2012
  • Severe thunderstorms associated with a cold front produced damaging winds near Timmonsville, SC, where several trees were blown down across roadways. A tree was also blown over onto a car near Andrews, SC. Another storm produced nickel to quarter size hail near Bladenboro, NC.
  • February 24, 2015
  • Winter precipitation fell across the area, starting as snow before sunrise before transitioning to sleet and freezing rain. 1" - 1.5" of snow fell in northern areas, while 0.25" - 0.5" of ice fell across New Hanover and Pender counties. A rare Ice Storm Warning was issued for the Wilmington metro area. Click here to learn more!
  • February 25, 1894
  • 7" of snow was recorded in Society Hill, SC and 5.5" was measured in Effingham, SC. 3" of snow fell in Wilmington, NC, bringing two day snowfall total to 3.2".
  • February 25, 1942
  • Several inches of snow fell across the area as a low pressure system moved across the Southeast. 8.0" of snow observed in Elizabethtown, NC and 7.2" of snow was recorded in Wilmington, NC. Even Myrtle Beach received around 3.9" of snow.
  • February 25, 1961
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Pender County west of Burgaw, NC.
  • February 26, 2008
  • A cold front brought a line of strong to severe thunderstorms across the forecast area. Damaging winds snapped trees and blew a trailer off its foundation in NW Georgetown County near Outland and Carvers Bay, SC. Click here to learn more!
  • February 27, 1958
  • An F0 tornado touched down in Robeson County near Lumberton, NC.
  • February 27, 1996 & 1997
  • Florence, SC reached a high temperature of 85°F, its warmest temperature on record during the month of February.
  • February 28, 1962
  • Wilmington, NC reached a high temperature of 85°F, its warmest temperature on record during the month of February.
  • February 28, 1997
  • Lumberton, NC reached a high temperature of 84°F, its warmest temperature on record during the month of February. COOP observer in Whiteville, NC recorded a high of 86°F, with 85°F observed in Kingstree and Cades SC.
  • February 29, 1920
  • A trace of snowfall was reported near Southport, NC and in Wilmington, NC.
  • March 1, 2002
  • A cold air outbreak dropped low temperatures into the upper teens/lower twenties across the area. Lumberton, NC fell to a low of 20°F, and even N. Myrtle Beach, SC dropped to 22°F. An observer near Cades, SC reported the coldest temperature of the day (17°F).
  • March 2, 1927
  • Wilmington, NC received 4.5&rsquo&rsquo of snowfall, its second highest daily total for the month of March. 10.9" of snow was observed in Elizabethtown, NC and 7.0" in Lumberton, NC. Over 2 feet of snow fell across parts of central NC.Click here to view accumulation map for NC.
  • March 2, 1980
  • Florence, SC received 6.7&rsquo&rsquo of snowfall, its highest daily snowfall total on record during the month of March. Wilmington, NC received 5.2&rsquo&rsquo of snow, its highest daily snowfall on record in March as well, and Myrtle Beach, SC received 5" of snow. Wilmington and Florence also set lowest daily high temperature records for the month of March (26°F and 25°F, respectively). Click here to view accumulation map for NC!
  • March 3, 1971
  • Florence, SC received 4.20&rsquo&rsquo of rain, its highest daily rainfall total on record during the month of March.
  • March 3, 1980
  • Florence, SC dropped to 11°F and Lumberton, NC dropped to 9°F, both the coldest temperature ever during the month of March at the respective sites.
  • March 3, 1991
  • Two tornadoes touched down in Columbus County, NC. First was an F0 near Sidney, NC that broke off numerous trees and destroyed a barn. The second was an F1 tornado that touched down in near Cerro Gordo, NC 23 minutes later, injuring 3 people. This tornado damaged West Brunswick High School, three houses, and four mobile homes, three of which were destroyed leading to the injuries. Two other injuries occurred in Bladen County, NC this day from thunderstorm wind damage.
  • March 4, 1943
  • Myrtle Beach, SC dropped to 18°F, the area's coldest temperature ever during the month of March.
  • March 4, 1977
  • Two tornadoes were confirmed in Robeson County. An F1 injured 4 people when it touched down near Fairmont, NC, damaging mobile homes, farm buildings, and trees. Second was an F0 half hour earlier that touched down in Pembroke, NC damaging several mobile homes and some farm buildings.
  • March 4, 1980
  • Wilmington, NC dropped to 9°F, its coldest temperature ever during the month of March.
  • March 4, 2008
  • Severe thunderstorms associated with a cold front produced damaging winds across our inland counties. Downed trees were reported in Florence, SC, Darlington, SC, and near Lumberton, NC. Numerous trees were downed in several locations across Bladen County, NC as well. A 50 mph wind gust was measured in Maxton, NC. Click here to learn more!
  • March 5, 1960
  • Wilmington, NC reported a high of 35°F and a low of 22°F, resulting in the third lowest daily average temperature (28.5°F) on record for this site in March.
  • March 5, 2012
  • Strong wind gusts were reported across our forecast area as a cold front crossed the Carolinas. A 54 mph gust was recorded at Johnnie Mercer Pier, while a 52 mph gust was measured in Southport. Ocean Crest Pier had a peak wind gust of 51 mph. Click here to learn more!
  • March 6, 1932
  • A Nor'easter resulted in Wilmington's lowest barometric pressure on record not associated with a hurricane (970.2 millibars). The storm brought 2.00'' of rain to Wilmington. Click here to learn more!
  • March 6, 2003
  • Elizabethtown, NC reported 2.61&rsquo&rsquo of rain and Lumberton, NC received 2.44&rsquo&rsquo of rain as localized heavy rainfall occurred over our inland counties.
  • March 6, 2014
  • A strong coastal storm moved across the area late March 6th into early March 7th. 1.5" - 2.5" of rain fell with wind gusts of 35 - 50mph. Gusts of 60+ mph were measured along Southeast NC coast. Click here to learn more!
  • March 7, 1941
  • 4.50" of rain fell in Lumberton, NC, its highest single day March rainfall. Elsewhere, 3.26" was measured in Lake City, SC and 2.92" in Dillon, SC.
  • March 7, 1987
  • The Pee Dee River at Pee Dee, SC crested at 29.06 ft., exceeding major flood stage of 28 ft. This is the sixth highest crest on record at this location.
  • March 7, 2014
  • A strong coastal storm moved across the area late March 6th into early March 7th. 1.5" - 2.5" of rain fell with wind gusts of 35 - 50mph. Gusts of 60+ mph were measured along Southeast NC coast. Click here to learn more!
  • March 8, 2005
  • A strong squall line produced widespread damaging winds as it raced across the forecast area during the morning hours. Our office issued 21 severe thunderstorm warnings, 17 of which were verified by damaged reports. 60-70 mph winds across the Pee Dee and Lumberton areas increased as the storms strengthened near the Cape Fear region. An 89 mph peak wind gust was measured at the Wilmington Intl. Airport, and Wrightsville Beach, NC reported a peak wind of 76 mph. Trees and power lines were blown down across the area, and several structures were damaged as well. One injury was reported by the Wilmington News. Click here to learn more!
  • March 9, 1974
  • Wilmington, NC reached a high temperature of 89°F for the second day in a row. This is 25 degrees above normal for early March, and it&rsquos the fourth warmest temperature on record here in March. Florence, SC reached a high of 92°F, tied for its warmest March temperature on record.
  • March 10, 1936
  • Wilmington, NC received 5.12&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall, its highest daily rainfall total on record during the month of March. Elsewhere, an observer near Southport, NC received 4.00&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • March 11, 1960
  • Wilmington, NC received 4.4&rsquo&rsquo of snowfall, its third highest daily total for the month of March. Florence, SC received 4.3&rsquo&rsquo of snowfall, its second highest daily total in March.
  • March 12, 1967
  • Two F2 tornadoes touched down in Florence County, SC. First tornado late morning destroyed at least 35 buildings, mostly tobacco barns and a house trailer, with hail up to one inch in diameter damaging roofs and windows. Second tornado occured 4 hours later in the afternoon, destroying several farm buildings. Fortunately, no injuries or fatalities were reported with either tornado.
  • March 12, 2017
  • A cold front moved across the eastern Carolinas on March 11, 2017, replacing several days of 70 degrees temps with cold Canadian air. On March 12th, snow fell in northern part of ILM forecast area where it was cold enough for the snow not to melt to rain. Around 1-2 inches of snow fell across parts of the eastern Carolinas. Click here to learn more!
  • March 13, 1993
  • The "Storm of the Century," one of the most intense mid-latitude cyclones ever observed over the Eastern United States, significantly impacted southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina. The strong pressure gradient associated with this deep cyclone produced very gusty winds across our area: 71 mph in Holden Beach, NC, 70 mph in Wilmington, NC, 58 mph in Florence, SC, and 54 mph in Myrtle Beach, SC. Widespread wind damage to homes, trees, and power lines was reported across the Cape Fear area. The strong winds resulted in damaging waves that caused significant beach erosion and destroyed at least 18 homes on Oak Island, NC. Tidal flooding occurred along the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington. Later in the day, very cold air wrapped around the cyclone, and traces of snow were reported in Wilmington, NC and Florence, SC. Click here to learn more!
  • March 14, 1926
  • 1.5&rsquo&rsquo of snow fell in Darlington, SC and 2" of snow fell 6 miles south of Society Hill, SC.
  • March 15, 2008
  • A severe weather outbreak across the Carolinas resulted in seven confirmed tornadoes within our forecast area. Three people were injured in an EF1 tornado near Timmonsville, SC. EF1 tornadoes near Greeleyville, SC and Trio, SC destroyed five homes and damaged over 40 more homes. Another EF1 tornado damaged numerous homes and businesses in Hampstead, NC. EF0 tornadoes were confirmed near Latta, SC, Aynor, SC, and Fair Bluff, NC. Click here to learn more!
  • March 16, 1976
  • An F1 tornado injured 3 people when it touched down west of Conway, SC, damaging several businesses over a 3 mile path.
  • March 16, 2000
  • An F0 tornado touched down in Pender County north of Rocky Point, NC. Initial damage done to a car and fence before tornado travelled to Kellyville Rd and moderately damaged the roof and carport of a house. Part of the house was also lifted off its foundation.
  • March 17, 1983
  • Heavy rain across northeast South Carolina resulted in some extreme daily rainfall totals. An observer in Marion, SC reported 5.50&rsquo&rsquo of rain, while Brookgreen Gardens (near Murrells Inlet, SC) received 4.66&rsquo&rsquo of rain. 3.81&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Florence, SC.
  • March 18, 1983
  • More heavy rain fell over the eastern Carolinas. Some of the highest two-day rainfall totals (March 17-18, 1983) included: Lake City, SC (6.83&rsquo&rsquo), Brookgreen Gardens (5.21&rsquo&rsquo), Conway, SC (5.09&rsquo&rsquo), and Dillon, SC (4.88&rsquo&rsquo).
  • March 19, 2012
  • Severe thunderstorms produced quarter to half dollar size (1.0&rsquo&rsquo-1.25&rsquo&rsquo) hail in Horry County, southwest of Conway, SC. 1.0&rsquo&rsquo hail was also reported near Oak Island, NC. Lightning struck a house and a tree in Southport, NC, and the tree actually caught fire.
  • March 20, 1998
  • Severe thunderstorms produced large hail, damaging winds, and a tornado across parts of northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina. Golf ball size hail was reported in Society Hill, SC, and hail covered the ground in Florence, SC. Damaging winds occurred across Robeson and western Bladen County, NC. An F1 tornado near Proctorville, NC injured one person, threw a trailer off its foundation, and knocked a tree down onto a house. Click here to learn more!
  • March 20, 2001
  • Heavy rain along the Carolina coast led to flash flooding within our forecast area. Wilmington, NC received 3.99&rsquo&rsquo of rain, Georgetown, SC reported 2.60&rsquo&rsquo, and North Myrtle Beach, SC received 2.07&rsquo&rsquo of rain. In Horry County, there was major roadway flooding in Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach, SC. Flash flooding occurred in Wilmington, NC along Market Street and numerous other roadways. Highway 53 in Pender County was under water as well.
  • March 21, 1914
  • Wilmington, NC only reached a high temperature of 34°F, its third lowest high temperature ever recorded during the month of March.
  • March 21, 1961
  • 3.41" of rain fell fell in the Myrtle Beach area, its highest single day rainfall on record for March. 3.28" fell in Brookgreen Gardens, SC.
  • March 22, 1983
  • The Little Pee Dee River near Galivants Ferry, SC crested at 12.71 ft., exceeding major flood stage of 12 ft. This is the sixth highest river crest on record at this location.
  • March 23, 1907
  • Temperature in Wilmington, NC reached 94°F, the highest all-time temperature recorded in March for the station. A COOP observer in Darlington, SC recorded a high of 99°F, with 97°F observed in Dillon, Bennettsville, and Georgetown SC.
  • March 23, 1979
  • An F2 tornado touched down in Robeson County south of Lumberton, NC, injuring 9 people. Several mobile homes and other out buildings were demolished. Several houses were partially damaged, and about 15 acres of mature pine were ripped up by the roots or snapped off.
  • March 24, 1907
  • It was another warm day for the area. Lumberton, NC reached a high of 96°F, its highest all-time temperature on record for the month of March. Elsewhere, a COOP observer in Florence, SC recorded a high of 98°F.
  • March 24, 1983
  • An early spring snowstorm dropped 2.9&rsquo&rsquo of snow in Wilmington, NC and 2.0&rsquo&rsquo in Florence, SC. An estimated 7.0" fell in Myrtle Beach, SC. Click here to view the NC snow accumulation map.
  • March 25, 1971
  • Florence, SC received 2.0&rsquo&rsquo of snow, making March 25 the latest date of measurable snowfall on record for this location.
  • March 25, 1998
  • The Lumber River at Lumberton, NC crested at 18.23 ft., above moderate flood stage and its ninth highest crest on record.
  • March 25, 2012
  • Severe thunderstorms produced up to golf ball size hail in southeast North Carolina. 1.75&rsquo&rsquo hail was reported in Supply, NC, and 1.50&rsquo&rsquo hail fell in Holden Beach, NC. 1.0&rsquo&rsquo hail reports were relayed from Burgaw, NC, Kelly, NC, and near Lumberton, NC.Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • March 26, 1884
  • Wilmington, NC received 3.47&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall, its fifth highest total ever during the month of March.
  • March 27, 2009
  • Two confirmed tornadoes touched down in Robeson County. An EF2 east of Parkton, NC injured 1 person, and an EF0 was confirmed well south of Lumberton, NC. Click here to learn more!
  • March 28, 1984
  • Several devastating tornadoes touched down within our forecast area during one of the most destructive tornado outbreaks on record in the Carolinas. An F4 tornado tracked from the north end of Bennettsville, SC through McColl, SC, killing 7 people and injuring 100. Another F4 tornado tracked from the east side of Bennettsville, SC through Maxton and Red Springs, NC. This tornado, which was over 1 mile wide, killed 4 people and injured 395 more as it devastated towns including Red Springs. An F3 tornado touched down east of St. Pauls, NC before moving across Cumberland and Sampson counties, killing 12 and injuring 101 people. An F2 tornado injured 8 people as it tracked from around Loris, SC through Tabor City, NC. Click here to learn more!
  • March 29, 1907
  • Wilmington, NC reached a high temperature of 92°F &ndash the second day in a row the high climbed to at least 90°F. This is around 20 degrees above normal, and the second highest temperature on record during March in Wilmington.
  • March 30, 1983
  • The Waccamaw River near Conway, SC crested at 14.51 ft., exceeding major flood stage of 14 ft.
  • March 31, 1915
  • Wilmington, NC received 1&rsquo&rsquo of snow, making March 31 the latest date of measurable snowfall on record for this location.
  • April 1, 1874
  • The first complete and continuous set of weather observations in Wilmington, NC began at the Bank of New Hanover building on the corner of Front and Princess St. Click here to view the history of NWS in Wilmington NC!
  • April 1, 1923
  • Wilmington, NC dropped to a low temperature of 29°F, one of the lowest temperatures on record here for the month of April.
  • April 2, 1923
  • Wilmington, NC experienced another unseasonably cold night with a low of 32°F. This was the second night in a row that the temperature dropped to at least freezing.
  • April 3, 1915
  • Wilmington, NC only reached a high of 39°F, the lowest daily maximum on record here during the month of April.
  • April 3, 2006
  • A northwest flow event brought severe weather to Southeastern North Carolina with numerous high wind and hail reports. Golf ball size hail was reported in Kingstree, SC and in Pender County near Atkinson, NC. There were also downed trees in Dillon, SC, Marion, SC, and Wilmington, NC. Click here to learn more!
  • April 4, 1974
  • It was an unseasonably warm day across the forecast area as highs climbed into the mid/upper 80s. Florence, SC reached a high of 89°F and also received nearly an inch (0.96&rsquo&rsquo) of rainfall.
  • April 4, 2006
  • Horry County, SC became the first TsunamiReady community in our county warning area. Learn more about the TsunamiReady program here!
  • April 5, 2008
  • Heavy rain fell over the inland counties of our forecast area. Lumberton, NC received 3.73&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall, and Florence, SC recorded 2.62&rsquo&rsquo. Minor flooding was reported in Bladenboro, NC.
  • April 5, 2011
  • A line of severe thunderstorms ahead of a cold front produced widespread damaging winds across our forecast area. Trees were downed across highways and on top of homes and cars. One person was injured near Yauhannah, SC when a tree limb fell on a car. The worst damage was in Florence County numerous wind damage reports were relayed from Scranton, SC and Quinby, SC. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • April 6, 2009
  • An EF-2 tornado (estimated winds: 115 mph) touched down near Clarkton, NC, shifting one house from its foundation! Also, an EF-1 tornado touched down near Longwood, NC. Click here to learn more!
  • April 7, 1967
  • Wilmington, NC reached a high temperature of 95°F, its warmest temperature on record for the month of April.
  • April 7, 1973
  • An F1 tornado touched down WNW of Loris, SC.
  • April 8, 1974
  • An F1 tornado touched down along the coast near Garden City, SC. Tornado damaged two residences and caused damage to trees and utilities.
  • April 8, 2007
  • A historic cold air outbreak took place across the Southeast, and low temperatures across our area dropped into the 20s. An observer near Garland, NC reported a low of 20°F, and the temperature fell to 21°F in Loris, SC. Lumberton, NC dropped to 22°F, and even Wilmington, NC reached a low of 29°F. High and low temperatures across the area were 15-20 degrees below normal. Click here to learn more!
  • April 9, 1961
  • 3.50&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC, which is the second highest daily rainfall on record for this site during the month of April.
  • April 9, 2003
  • North Myrtle Beach, SC received 2.04&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • April 9, 2011
  • Severe thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds across northeast South Carolina. The media relayed a public report of baseball size hail on Lake Robinson. Numerous other reports of quarter to golf ball size hail were received, primarily from Darlington and Florence counties. Two people were injured near Lake Robinson when a tree was downed on their car. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • April 10, 2007
  • The cold air outbreak continued across the Carolinas. Lumberton, NC fell to 28°F, Wilmington, NC dropped to 31°F, and Florence, SC reached a low of 32°F. An observer near Garland, NC reported a low of 26°F.
  • April 11, 1989
  • A trace of snowfall was recorded in Wilmington, NC and near Whiteville, NC. This makes April 11th the latest date trace snow was recorded in Wilmington.
  • April 13, 1877
  • Wilmington, NC received 2.64&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • April 13, 1959
  • Florence, SC only reached a high of 46°F, the lowest daily maximum on record for this site during the month of April.
  • April 13, 1966
  • An F2 tornado touched down in Lake City, SC, destroying one hangar and damaging a plane. Also, hail up to one inch in diameter was reported in Columbus County, NC.
  • April 13, 2020
  • A major severe weather outbreak occurred across the southeastern US on April 12-13, 2020. On the morning of the 13th, storms moved through NE SC and SE NC. 10 tornadoes were surveyed - 1 EF2 (Georgetown), 6 EF1 (Columbus, Pender and Georgetown), and 3 EF0 (Pender & Brunswick). Major damage also occurred in Wallace, SC from straight line winds estimated at over 100mph. Click here to learn more.
  • April 14, 2009
  • A severe thunderstorm produced golf ball size hail in Columbus County near Whiteville, NC. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • April 14, 2012
  • A wildfire began during the afternoon hours near Hoover Road in Hampstead, NC. Fire crews estimated 450-500 acres burned before the fire was brought under control. Luckily, there were no injuries or deaths. The only structure damaged was a bridge on a logging road.
  • April 15, 1989
  • Wilmington, NC received 2.94&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • April 15, 1999
  • An F2 tornado killed one person and injured four when it touched down in Robeson County between Pembroke and Lumberton, NC. Another F2 tornado injured five people near Tar Heel, NC. Click here to learn more!
  • April 16, 2003
  • The Pee Dee River at Pee Dee crested at 29.48 ft., which is well above major flood stage of 28 ft. This is the fourth highest crest on record at this river gauge site.
  • April 16, 2011
  • 11 confirmed tornadoes touched down in our forecast area during a deadly severe weather outbreak across the eastern Carolinas. An EF-2 tornado (estimated winds: 130 mph) near Ammon, NC resulted in 3 fatalities. Another EF-2 tornado (estimated winds: 120 mph) touched down in downtown Bladenboro, NC and stayed on the ground for 14 miles, resulting in 1 fatality. EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed near the following locations: Little Rock, SC, Rowland, NC, Barker Ten Mile, NC, east of Andrews, SC, and south of Whiteville, NC. Click here to read the complete findings of the NWS storm survey team
  • April 17, 2000
  • Widespread severe thunderstorms produced hail to 1.5 inches in diameter and wind damage across much of southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina. 27 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and 3 Special Marine Warnings were issued between April 17th evening and 2am the next morning. Click here to learn more!
  • April 17, 2006
  • A line of severe thunderstorms produced damaging winds across the forecast area. A mesonet site near Castle Hayne, NC measured a 73 mph wind gust. Damaging straight line winds downed trees and damaged structures across Columbus County, and a storm survey team found evidence of tornado damage near Whiteville, NC. There were also several reports of wind damage and trees downed in Bladen County. These severe winds made it all the way to the coast, where trees and power lines were downed in Myrtle Beach, SC and other parts of Horry County. Click here to learn more!
  • April 18, 1969
  • A long track F3 tornado touched down in Darlington County, SC (near Lake Robinson) and moved northeast into SE North Carolina before finally ending near Fayetteville, NC. This tornado tracked near numerous towns within our forecast area, including Bennettsville, SC, Maxton, NC, and Red Springs, NC. Three injuries were reported from this tornado. According to data from the Storm Prediction Center, this tornado had a path length of over 75 miles!
  • April 19, 1875
  • Wilmington, NC recorded a low temperature of 28°F, the lowest temperature on record for the month of April.
  • April 19, 1951
  • Wilmington, NC received 3.32&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • April 19, 1978
  • An F1 tornado tracked from near Red Springs, NC to St. Pauls, NC, causing minor damage to woods and tobacco crop.
  • April 19, 2013
  • Severe thunderstorms racing ahead of a cold front produced damaging winds over our western counties. The worst damage was in Darlington County, where numerous trees were downed and a building was severely damaged in Lamar, SC. More downed trees blocked roadways in Marlboro, Florence, Williamsburg, and Robeson counties. Trees fell across power lines in Marion County. Click here to learn more!
  • April 19, 2019
  • A weak EF0 tornado touched down in southwestern Florence County, SC near the town of Olanta. Damage occurred to two structures and to a number of trees along Woods Bay Rd before the tornado lifted in Douglas Swamp. Click here to learn more.
  • April 20, 1918
  • Precipitation totals indicate heavy rain fell over much of the forecast area. An observer in Lumberton, NC reported 5.65&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall, while another observer in Centenary, SC measured 5.28&rsquo&rsquo of rain. This is the wettest April day on record for Lumberton, and contributed to the wettest April on record with 13.74" of rainfall in April 1918. Elsewhere on this day, our climate database indicates 1-3&rsquo&rsquo fell at most other reporting sites. Wilmington, NC received 1.30&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • April 20, 2009
  • Thunderstorms produced penny to nickel size hail across portions of Bladen County, including Clarkton, NC. Marion and Williamsburg counties also reported nickel size hail. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • April 21, 2002
  • Myrtle Beach, SC reached a warm 92°F high temperature, around 20° above normal and tied for warmest April temperature on record for the area (site again reached 92°F the following day). Elsewhere, The Nature Conservancy RAWS site in Brunswick County, NC observed a high of 97°F, and 95°F was recorded in Whiteville, NC and Conway, SC.
  • April 21, 2012
  • A severe thunderstorm near Marion, SC downed trees and produced half dollar size hail. Quarter size hail was reported in Georgetown County near Pawleys Island, SC.
  • April 22, 1943
  • Myrtle Beach, SC dropped to 25°F, the area's coldest temperature ever during the month of April. This is also the latest date on record the area experienced a spring freeze.
  • April 22, 1949
  • Florence, SC received 3.84&rsquo&rsquo of rain, which is the highest daily rainfall total on record for Florence during the month of April. An observer in Marion, SC reported 2.78&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • April 22, 1997
  • An F1 tornado injured two people west of Lake City, SC. Another F1 tornado injured one person when it touched down in Conway, SC. Click here to learn more!
  • April 22, 2009
  • A small debris burn on private land east of Conway, SC on this day grew into a massive wildfire, known as the Highway 31 Fire, that eventually destroyed 76 homes across eastern Horry County. The fire was eventually contained on April 28, and declared controlled on May 20 after burning for almost a month. Click here to learn more.
  • April 23, 1928
  • Wilmington, NC received 3.24&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • April 23, 2020
  • A compact area of low pressure moved across the area leading to several hours of strong winds and
  • April 24, 1944
  • An observer in Lake City, SC received 2.65&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall, while another observer in Marion, SC measured 1.96&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • April 24, 2017
  • 3.67" of rain fell in Wilmington, NC, making it the wettest April day on record for the station.
  • April 25, 1976
  • Florence, SC only dropped to a low of 73°F, which is the warmest daily low temperature on record for this site in April.
  • April 25, 2000
  • An F0 tornado touched down near Moores Creek National Battlefield in Currie, NC. Damage done to a hangar at a small airstrip, with minor damage reported to an airplane inside the hangar.
  • April 25, 2010
  • An F2 tornado injured three people west of Darlington, SC. Also, an F1 tornado touched down north of Florence, SC. Click here to learn more.
  • April 26, 2012
  • Severe thunderstorms produced quarter size hail in Bennettsville, SC, Tatum, SC, Nichols, SC, and Chadbourn, NC. Nickel size hail was reported in Bolivia, NC.
  • April 27, 1973
  • An F1 tornado touched down near Hampstead, NC around 1am. Tornado caused near $10,000 damage to power lines and timber.
  • April 27, 1990
  • Wilmington, NC reached a high temperature of 94°F, its second warmest temperature on record during the month of April.
  • April 27, 2012
  • Another round of severe thunderstorms produced quarter size hail in Florence and Columbus counties. Several wind damage reports were relayed from Oats, SC, where trees were snapped and a mobile home was damaged.
  • April 28, 1981
  • Florence, SC reached a high temperature of 97°F, its warmest temperature on record during the month of April.
  • April 28, 2000
  • Severe thunderstorms developed across southeast North Carolina, producing hail up to 1.75 inches in diameter from Interstate 95 east to the coast during the mid and late afternoon hours. Click here to learn more!
  • April 28, 2011
  • Five tornadoes touched down within our forecast area. The strongest EF-1 tornado (estimated winds: 110 mph) damaged grain silos and snapped dozens of trees when it touched down near Atkinson, NC. Another EF-1 tornado (estimated winds: 90 mph) WSW of Watha, NC damaged homes by blowing trees down on top of roofs. EF-0 tornadoes were confirmed at: Old Lake Road (northern Columbus County, NC), Atkinson, NC, and Willard, NC. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • April 28, 2017
  • Wilmington, NC only dropped to a low of 74°F, which is the warmest daily low temperature on record for this site in April.
  • April 29, 1959
  • Florence, SC received 2.57&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • April 29, 2013
  • Heavy rain fell across the forecast area as many locations received 1-2 inches of rainfall. A CoCoRaHS observer near Whiteville, NC measured 2.46&rsquo&rsquo of rain, and North Myrtle Beach, SC received 2.45&rsquo&rsquo of rain. Flooding was reported in Darlington County near Quinby, SC.
  • April 30, 2017
  • Temperature in Wilmington, NC reached 84°F, around 7° above normal, and a very warm low temperature of 71°F. This helped April 2017 become the warmed April on record at Wilmington, with an average temperature of 68.0°F.
  • May 1, 1999
  • Wilmington, NC received 5.02&rsquo&rsquo of rain, its second highest daily rainfall on record during the month of May. An observer north of Wilmington reported 4.25&rsquo&rsquo of rain, while another observer near Whiteville, NC measured 3.15&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • May 2, 1963
  • Wilmington, NC dropped to a low of 35°F and Myrtle Beach, SC reached a low of 36°F, both the coldest temperature on record during the month of May for the locations.
  • May 4, 1957
  • Florence, SC only reached a high of 55°F, its lowest daily maximum temperature on record during the month of May.
  • May 4, 2009
  • Severe thunderstorms produced a 69 mph wind gust at the Marion County Airport in Marion, SC. Trees were downed in several counties within our forecast area. Additionally, quarter size hail was reported in Evergreen, SC. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • May 4, 2017
  • A pair of tornadoes touched down in Darlington County, SC. First tornado was an EF1 tornado in the Oates community, with winds speeds estimated around 95 mph, that destroyed a mobile home and heavily damaged other structures. Second tornado touched down half hour later in Hartsville, SC as a EF1 tornado, wind winds estimated at 100 mph. Second tornado destroyed a mobile home and utility trailer and injured one person. Click here for more details.
  • May 5, 1990
  • An F1 tornado touched down near Shallotte, NC. The tornado blew down trees and power lines along an intermittent one mile long path.
  • May 5, 2006
  • 2.25&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall fell in Florence, SC.
  • May 5, 2008
  • Strong to severe thunderstorms produced penny to quarter size hail across our forecast area. The largest hail (quarter size) fell in Bolton, NC.
  • May 6, 1952
  • Well above normal temperatures were observed across the area. Florence reached a daily record of 97°F, while Whiteville, NC observed a high of 99°F and Marion, SC reached 96°F.
  • May 6, 1999
  • An F1 tornado touched down south of Effingham, SC. Another F1 tornado was confirmed near Aynor, SC. Click here to learn more!
  • May 6, 2003
  • A supercell in Williamsburg County produced an F1 tornado near Hemingway, SC. The tornado damaged mobile homes and vehicles and sent three people to the hospital. It also destroyed a tobacco warehouse south of Hemingway. Storms in Georgetown County produced straight-line winds that downed a tree on top of a house. Click here to learn more!
  • May 7, 1977
  • Temperatures soared across our forecast area, and Florence, SC set a daily record high of 97°F. An observer in Darlington, SC reported a high of 96°F, and Brookgreen Gardens, SC reached 95°F.
  • May 7, 1998
  • A severe thunderstorm in New Hanover County produced a tornado that first touched north of Wrightsboro community, with a second touchdown near the Gordon Woods subdivision. Two inch hail fell near Murraysville. Most of the damage was limited to downed trees but some minor structural damage did occur. Click here to learn more!
  • May 8, 1928
  • Wilmington, NC only reached a high of 53°F, its lowest daily maximum temperature ever during the month of May. This is over 25 degrees below normal for early May.
  • May 8, 1989
  • Florence, SC dropped to a low of 36°F and Lumberton, NC dropped to a low of 29°F. Both are the lowest temperatures on record during the month of May for each station.
  • May 9, 1928
  • It was another anomalously cool day in Wilmington, NC as the high temperature only reached 55°F. This is over 20 degrees below normal for early May.
  • May 9, 1952
  • It was an unseasonably warm day as an observer in Whiteville, NC reported a high of 96°F and Lumberton, NC climbed to 93°F.
  • May 9, 2012
  • Severe thunderstorms downed trees across roadways in Bladen and Columbus County, NC.
  • May 10, 2011
  • A warm front moving northward across the Carolinas combined with upper level support resulted in severe thunderstorms that produced damaging hail across our forecast area. Softball size hail (4.5 inches in diameter) in Conway, SC damaged vehicles and homes near Highway 501. Softball size hail also broke a car window in Florence County near Hannah, SC. Dozens of cars were damaged by baseball size hail in the Woodcreek community near Conway, SC. Baseball size hail covered the ground near Evergreen, SC. In Columbus County, golf ball size hail covered the ground near Clarkton, NC. Golf ball size hail even made it to Carolina and Kure Beach in New Hanover County. In total, our office received over 40 reports of at least quarter size hail during this severe event! Click here to view the storm reports!
  • And, click here to read a paper about the storm written by an ILM NWS forecaster!
  • May 10, 2015
  • Tropical Storm Ana made landfall near Myrtle Beach, SC around 6am on May 10, 2015. Ana was the second earliest landfalling tropical cyclone on record for the United States. Highest wind gusts on land reached 50 to 60 mph from Little River and Cherry Grove Beach eastward across the state line to Sunset Beach, Calabash, Ocean Isle Beach, to Oak Island. The highest rainfall total from Ana was 6.60 inches in Oak Island, NC, with North Myrtle Beach, SC measuring 6.16 inches. 5.14" of rain fell in North Myrtle Beach on May 10, the highest single day rainfall on record for month of May. Click here to learn more!
  • May 11, 2008
  • A severe thunderstorm produced large hail as it moved across southeast North Carolina. Quarter size hail was reported at two locations in Columbus County, while golf ball size hail fell in Rocky Point, NC. An NWS meteorologist in Hampstead, NC witnessed quarter size hail as well. Heavy rain also accompanied this storm. A CoCoRaHS observer near Holden Beach, NC received 3.81&rsquo&rsquo of rain, and an NWS meteorologist in Wilmington, NC measured 2.92&rsquo&rsquo of rain. Click here to learn more!
  • May 11, 2011
  • A mesoscale convective system diving down from the northwest produced more severe weather in our area during the early morning hours. Wind gusts blew down a power pole in Lamar, SC and downed trees in Florence County. Golf ball size hail was reported in Loris, SC and near Plantersville, SC. Lightning was responsible for a fire that destroyed a storage building near Timmonsville, SC. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • May 12, 1871
  • Wilmington, NC received 2.80&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • May 12, 1965
  • An F2 tornado touched down in Conway, SC and tracked northeastward for 15 miles across Horry County. The tornado destroyed a fertilizer warehouse, two tobacco barns, and a packing house.
  • May 13, 1871
  • It was another wet day as 2.85&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC. This brought the 2-day rainfall total (May 12-13) to 5.65&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • May 14, 2006
  • This Mother&rsquos Day severe weather event brought tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds to the Carolinas. Our office confirmed three tornadoes touched down in the Pee Dee region. An F2 tornado in the Glendale community near Florence, SC damaged about 60 homes and uprooted/snapped many trees. An F1 tornado in Florence, SC downed trees and damaged an industrial area, while another F1 tornado southwest of Darlington, SC injured one person. Elsewhere, baseball size hail was reported near Mullins, SC, and golf ball size hail fell in Quinby, SC. Even downtown Myrtle Beach, SC experienced golf ball size hail with these storms. Click here to learn more!
  • May 14, 2011
  • Severe thunderstorms produced hail and damaging winds in our forecast area. Half dollar to golf ball size hail fell in Socastee, SC, and quarter size hail was reported in Forestbrook, SC. There was also siding and roof damage to a home in Myrtle Beach, SC. Severe wind gusts downed trees in Robeson and Bladen County as well.
  • May 15, 1975
  • Two F1 tornadoes touched down in Robeson County. The first touched down northwest of Lumberton damaging farm buildings and trees. The second was sighted in Red Springs half hour later and damaged buildings, trees, and two vehicles.
  • May 15, 1976
  • Three people were killed and four others injured when an F2 tornado tracked near Pembroke, NC and hit several mobile homes.
  • May 15, 2005
  • Hailstones up to golf ball size were reported from a severe thunderstorm in Lane, SC.
  • May 15, 2006
  • A severe thunderstorm in Evergreen, SC produced golf ball size hail, while quarter size hail covered the ground in Coward, SC.
  • May 15, 2012
  • An 85 mph downburst near Lamar, SC severely damaged a two car garage, and some debris pierced the outer wall of a mobile home. Near Litchfield Beach, SC, one man was injured when he was struck by lightning. Quarter size hail fell near Conway, SC.
  • May 16, 2010
  • Heavy rainfall in Robeson County resulted in extensive flooding of the major streets in St. Pauls, NC, according to local law enforcement. A CoCoRaHS observer near St. Pauls received 3.80&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • May 16, 2012
  • Strong to severe thunderstorms developed along a remnant frontal boundary near the Carolina coast. These storms sat over coastal Horry and Georgetown counties - producing torrential rainfall, hail, and damaging winds. There were several CoCoRaHS reports of 6+ inches of rain near Murrells Inlet, SC the highest rainfall total was a staggering 7.58&rsquo&rsquo! Pawleys Island and Garden City, SC received 4-6 inches of rain. Extensive flooding occurred in this area reports indicate water was waist deep in some neighborhoods near Longs, SC. There was one foot of water on U.S. Hwy 17 in front of Waccamaw Hospital near Murrells Inlet. Additionally, penny to quarter size hail and downed tree limbs were reported in Murrells Inlet.
  • May 17, 2012
  • For the second straight day, thunderstorms produced torrential rainfall within our forecast area, but this time the heaviest precipitation was focused inland. An observer in Dillon, SC reported 4.85&rsquo&rsquo of rain, while Florence, SC received 2.90&rsquo&rsquo of rain. Our office received several reports of flooding around the city of Florence. In some places, 2-3 feet of water covered the roadway, and there were vehicles that stalled in the flood waters.
  • May 18, 1875
  • Wilmington, NC reached a low of 43°F, which is almost 20 degrees below normal for mid-May, and still remains the record low for the day.
  • May 18, 1976
  • An F1 tornado touched down on Oak Island, NC with minor damage done to houses.
  • May 20, 1980
  • An F3 tornado in Dillon County, SC injured 26 people as it tracked across the central part of the county. This tornado had a path length of 10 miles. An F2 tornado injured 6 people in Darlington County, SC. Also, an F1 tornado touched down east of Fairmont, NC. Click here to view more info from NOAA's Storm Data record.
  • May 20, 1986
  • Wilmington, NC received 3.74&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall. Elsewhere, an observer near Elizabethtown, NC reported 2.75&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • May 20, 2005
  • Severe thunderstorms produced damaging winds and a tornado within our forecast area. A downburst in Loris, SC (estimated max winds: 90 mph) caused nearly $1 million in damages to the Loris Community Hospital. As the storms moved into North Carolina, an F1 tornado touched down in Mollie, NC (east of Tabor City). The tornado damaged several homes, vehicles, and buildings along its path, which was over 2.5 miles in length. Click here to learn more!
  • May 21, 1963
  • Wilmington, NC received 4.34&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall. Elsewhere, an observer in Conway, SC measured 2.43&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • May 21, 2015
  • An EF1 tornado touched down east of Bolton, NC in Columbus County. No fatalities or serious injuries occurred, however one mobile home was heavily damaged. Path length was determined to be 5 miles. More details can be found here.
  • May 23, 1953
  • Florence, SC climbed to 100°F. Elsewhere, mid to upper 90s were reported across our forecast area. These temperatures were around 15 degrees above normal for late May. This is the earliest date Florence, SC has reached triple digit temperature on record.
  • May 23, 1998
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Wilmington, NC, injuring 1 person. A 30-foot camper trailer was tossed 150 feet into a vacant mobile home, destroying both. Click here to view the Star News article for the event.
  • May 23, 2003
  • 2.84" of rain fell in Wilmington, NC. An observer near Willard, NC received 2.60&rsquo&rsquo of rain, and another observer near Southport, NC received 2.50&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • May 23, 2012
  • For the second day in a row, severe thunderstorms produced large hail in the eastern Carolinas. Golf ball size hail was reported near Cerro Gordo, NC and Fair Bluff, NC. Quarter size hail fell in Darlington, Marlboro, and Horry County, SC.
  • May 23, 2017
  • An EF0 tornado touched down near the community of Parkton in northern Robeson County, causing damage to a mobile home and a storage building. Click here to learn more!
  • May 24, 1975
  • An F1 tornado touched down east of Delco in Columbus County, NC, causing minor damage to trees and one house.
  • May 24, 2005
  • Severe thunderstorms along the coast produced quarter to golf ball size hail at Surfside Beach, SC. Quarter size hail was reported at Pawleys Island, SC.
  • May 25, 1926
  • Lumberton, NC reached a high of 100°F. This is the earliest date Lumberton has reached triple digit temperature.
  • May 25, 1977
  • 5.40" of rain fell in Lumberton, NC, its highest single day rainfall for the month of May. Red Springs, NC observed 4.78" and Elizabethtown, NC received 3.32".
  • May 25, 2000
  • Severe thunderstorms producing large hail and damaging winds across the eastern Carolinas led our office to issue over 20 severe thunderstorm warnings and 3 tornado warnings. The strongest storm impacted Florence, SC, where there were several reports of golf ball to softball size hail! In addition, trees were downed, homes were damaged, and a roof was blown off a building. Click here to learn more!
  • May 26, 1953
  • Florence, SC reached a high of 102°F, tied for its highest temperature on record during the month of May. Lumberton, NC climbed to a high of 101°F. Wilmington, NC reached a high temperature of 98°F.
  • May 26, 1966
  • Florence, SC received 3.59&rsquo&rsquo of rain, its highest daily rainfall on record during the month of May. An observer in Darlington, SC received 2.25&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • May 26, 1974
  • An F1 tornado killed 6 people and injured one person when it struck a boat on the Waccamaw river near Murrells Inlet, SC. It also damaged trees over a 3 mile path, as well as a cabin and mobile home.
  • May 26, 2019
  • Wilmington, NC reached a high of 100°F, the earliest date Wilmington has reached triple-digit temperatures.
  • May 27, 1981
  • Six people were injured when an F2 tornado touched down northwest of Pamplico, SC. The tornado destroyed several tobacco barns, a chicken farm, four mobile homes, and a large frame house.
  • May 27, 2003
  • A severe thunderstorm moving across Pender County produced an F0 tornado near Watha, NC. The tornado snapped pine trees, blew a roof off a barn, and toppled a brick chimney.Click here to learn more!
  • May 28, 1964
  • It was a very warm day across our area as Florence, SC climbed to a high of 100°F, tied for its third highest temperature ever during the month of May. Elsewhere, highs were in the mid to upper 90s.
  • May 28, 2019
  • Very warm temperatures continued across the area. Florence, SC reached a high of 102°F and Lumberton, NC reached 101°F, both tied for warmest May temperature on record for each site. 100°F was also observed in Georgetown, SC and Whiteville, NC.
  • May 29, 2010
  • Locally heavy rainfall resulted in roadway flooding in southern Brunswick County. A couple flood reports came from Ocean Isle Beach, where rushing water over U.S. Hwy 17 made the road impassable. 8-10 inches of standing water was reported on several other roads as well. An observer in Longwood, NC received 3.56&rsquo&rsquo of rain, while a CoCoRaHS observer near Sunset Beach, NC measured 3.26&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • May 29, 2019
  • Wilmington, NC reached a high of 101°F, it's all-time record high for the month of May. North Myrtle Beach reached a high of 99°F, the warmest May temperature on record for the Myrtle Beach area.
  • May 30, 1984
  • A solar eclipse was viewable across most of the southeastern US, with the moon's blockage of the sun reaching 99.8% totality at its maximum extent. Unfortunately, the eastern Carolinas were covered beneath thick clouds and rain and therefore missed seeing this eclipse. Click here to learn more!
  • May 30, 2012
  • Tropical Storm Beryl dumped 2-4 inches of rain across much of the eastern Carolinas. The highest rainfall total in our area (4.23&rsquo&rsquo) came from a CoCoRaHS observer near Whiteville, NC. Wilmington, NC received 3.69&rsquo&rsquo of rain, and another CoCoRaHS observer near Burgaw, NC measured 3.57&rsquo&rsquo of rain. A mesonet station on Bald Head Island measured a 47 mph wind gust, while Johnny Mercer Pier recorded a 40 mph gust. Our office received reports of flooding and downed trees from the storm as well.
  • May 31, 1953
  • Florence, SC reached a high of 102°F, tied for its highest temperature on record during the month of May. Elsewhere, Lake City and Marion, SC reached 101°F while Wilmington, NC reached a high of 98°F.
  • May 31, 2003
  • A severe thunderstorm produced straight line wind damage near Murrayville, NC. Estimated winds of 80-100 mph damaged several dozen homes, some of which had windows blown out and portions of walls or roofs blown away. A large travel trailer and an RV motor home were flipped over by the winds as well. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. Click here to learn more!
  • June 1, 1895
  • Wilmington, NC reached a high of 100°F. This is the 2nd earliest day of the year that the temperature in Wilmington has reached triple digits.
  • June 1, 2009
  • Severe thunderstorms produced large hail across portions of our forecast area. Golf ball size hail was reported east of Tabor City, NC, and near Olanta, SC, Oatland, SC, and Allsbrook, SC. Numerous reports of quarter to half dollar size hail came from Horry County. Penny size hail blanketed the ground in Murrells Inlet, SC, according to storm reports.
  • June 2, 1883
  • 5.22&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC.
  • June 2, 1966
  • Florence, SC dropped to a low of 47°F, its lowest temperature on record during the month of June. It was the second day in a row the low dropped below 50°F.
  • June 2, 1983
  • Wilmington, NC dropped to a low of 48°F, its lowest temperature on record during the month of June.
  • June 2, 1985
  • An F2 tornado touched down in Horry County north of Conway, SC. Tornado moved just west of Hickory Grove, destroying one mobile home and damaging twelve others along its 5 mile path. A church was also hit by the tornado, and hail up to one inch diameter was reported along and near the tornado path.
  • June 3, 1978
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Robeson County well south of Maxton, NC in the Midway community. The tornado was on the ground briefly, causing some damage to a farm building, utility lines, and crops.
  • June 3, 1983
  • Wilmington, NC dropped to a low of 49°F, making it the second day in a row that the low temperature dropped below 50°F.
  • June 4, 1943
  • Myrtle Beach, SC reached 101°F, the earliest date the area has reached triple digit temperatures on record.
  • June 4, 2007
  • Severe thunderstorms produced damaging straight line winds in Bladen County near Tar Heel, NC. Many trees and power lines were downed, and three homes had windows blown out by the high winds.
  • June 5, 2000
  • Robeson County, NC became the first StormReady community in our county warning area. Learn more about the StormReady program here!
  • June 5, 2007
  • Severe thunderstorms produced quarter to golf ball size hail in Chadbourn, NC. Damaging winds were reported in Lake City, SC &ndash a roof was torn off a store, trees were downed, a billboard was torn up, and fast food signs were blown apart. Golf ball size hail fell near Sellers, SC, and quarter size hail fell near Supply, NC. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • June 6, 1995
  • Heavy rain fell across the eastern Carolinas with rainfall totals of 1-3 inches across our forecast area. An observer in Kingstree, SC reported 4.30&rsquo&rsquo of rain, while another observer near Cades, SC measured 3.88&rsquo&rsquo of rain. Florence, SC received 2.54&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • June 6, 1997
  • Florence, SC only reached a high of 61°F, its lowest daily high temperature on record during the month of June.
  • June 7, 1983
  • An F2 tornado touched down in Columbus County north of Chadbourn, NC. The tornado had a path length of 6 miles, but luckily no fatalities or injuries were reported. The tornado destroyed three mobile homes and damaged six others. One of the destroyed homes was lifted completely into the air and dumped onto two automobiles destroying those as well. Several barns were destroyed as well, along with damage done to numerous houses and considerable tree damage along the long path.
  • June 7, 2013
  • Tropical Storm Andrea underwent extratropical transition as it tracked across the eastern Carolinas, bringing gusty winds and lots of rainfall. Ocean Crest Pier reported a maximum gust of 53 mph, while a mesonet site near Wilmington, NC measured a 50 mph gust. A large tree fell on a mobile home in Atlantic Beach, SC. Storm total precipitation was generally 2-4 inches across our area. A CoCoRaHS observer near Winnabow, NC received 5.47&rsquo&rsquo of rain, and another CoCoRaHS observer near Leland, NC reported 4.64&rsquo&rsquo of rain. Also, an EF-0 tornado briefly touched down in Varnamtown, NC and damaged a large storage building. Click here to read the storm survey report for the tornado.
  • June 8, 1980
  • An F1 tornado touched down four miles easy of Lake City, SC. A tobacco curing shed was destroyed, one side of an office building was torn off, and considerable roof damage was done to a large warehouse. Some trees were uprooted and a few twisted off. An automobile was picked up and thrown into the ditch on the other side of the road, slightly injuring the two occupants.
  • June 8, 2006
  • Golf ball size hail was reported by a National Weather Service employee in Wilmington, NC. Penny to quarter size hail was reported across the area, along with minor wind damage in Robeson and Florence counties. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • June 9, 1973
  • Wilmington, NC received 4.74&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall. Elsewhere, 1.75&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Florence, SC.
  • June 9, 2001
  • 2.68&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Lumberton, NC.
  • June 10, 1982
  • 16 people were injured by an F2 tornado that touched down near Mullins, SC and tracked eastward into Horry County. The tornado struck a mobile home park three miles ESE of Mullins destroying six mobile homes. Extensive damage done to trees and homes as the tornado tracked eastward.
  • June 10, 1998
  • An F1 tornado touched down near Lake City, SC, doing spotty damage to trees and power lines. The tornado intensified as it moved southeast into Williamsburg County. Power lines were downed and spotty tree damage occurred northeast of Cades, SC, before tornado did additional damage to homes, farm equipment, and crops east of Kingstree. Almost $200K of damage was estimated. This tornado had a path length of 22 miles luckily, no injuries were reported.
  • June 10, 2013
  • Lumberton, NC received 2.56&rsquo&rsquo of rain. However, the highest rainfall total came from a CoCoRaHS observer near Lake Waccamaw &ndash 5.31&rsquo&rsquo of rain!
  • June 11, 1966
  • 4.51&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC. An observer north of Wilmington measured 6.51&rsquo&rsquo of rain, while another observer near Southport, NC received 3.50&rsquo&rsquo of rain. This was as a result of Tropical Storm Alma passing by offshore. Alma made landfall in the Florida Panhandle as a hurricane on June 9th before cutting across Georgia and moving into the western Atlantic off the SC coast on the 10th.
  • June 12, 1913
  • Wilmington, NC only reached a high of 58°F, its lowest daily high temperature on record during the month of June. This closed out a cold four-day stretch where temps were between 63°F and 50°F, with the average temperature almost 20°F below normal.
  • June 12, 1972
  • A low of 40°F was observed at Lumberton, NC, its coldest June temperature on record.
  • June 12, 2006
  • 4.28&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Florence, SC reported 2.58&rsquo&rsquo of rain. In addition, penny to golf ball size hail fell across inland counties in the afternoon from scattered storms.
  • June 12, 2012
  • The Dual Polarization upgrade to our WSR-88D radar was completed on this day. Click here to learn more about dual polarization!
  • June 13, 1962
  • An F2 tornado touched down at Navassa in Brunswick County, NC. Two 15-inch electric poles were broken and a small building was moved 50 feet and turned upside down. About 150 feet of a loading trestle, made of heavy timbers, were demolished.
  • June 13, 2012
  • A severe thunderstorm in Andrews, SC downed large trees and power lines across roadways, trapping one person in a vehicle. A couple buildings sustained some roof damage, and the town of Andrews lost power.
  • June 14, 2002
  • Damaging winds destroyed a few mobile homes in Robeson County near Fairmont, NC. There were several wind damage reports from New Hanover County as well. Our office received a report of a partial building collapse in downtown Wilmington. 17 homes sustained minor roof damage and four vehicles were damaged by falling trees near Wrightsboro, NC from a microburst wind winds estimated around 80-90 mph. Wrightsboro Elementary School also sustained broken windows and minor roof damage.
  • June 14, 2010
  • Severe thunderstorms produced damaging winds across Marlboro and Dillon counties. There were several reports of large trees downed near Bennettsville, SC. Another large tree took down power lines and blocked a roadway near Little Rock, SC.
  • June 14, 2013
  • The Lumber River at Lumberton crested at 16.44 ft., which is above moderate flood stage of 16 ft.
  • June 15, 1965
  • Florence, SC received 3.90&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • June 15, 2009
  • A 90 mph microburst resulted in wind damage east of Bladenboro, NC. One person was injured when a tree fell on a mobile home. A poorly built mobile home in the area was destroyed, and over 40 trees were uprooted or snapped by the strong winds. Additionally, roadway flooding was reported in Florence, SC.
  • June 16, 2001
  • 3.67&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Florence, SC.
  • June 16, 2011
  • The Coast Guard reported several waterspouts offshore near Caswell Beach, NC. A bit later in the morning, another waterspout was reported near Bald Head Island, NC.
  • June 17, 1967
  • 7.61" of rain fell in Myrtle Beach, SC, the highest single day rainfall on record for the area for the month of June.
  • June 17, 1981
  • Florence, SC reached a high of 105°F - the fourth consecutive day that the high exceeded 100°F at this site. This helped make June 1981 the hottest June on record at Florence, with an average temp of 82.9°F.
  • June 17, 2008
  • There were a couple reports of quarter size hail in Darlington, SC, and damaging winds blew down a couple of trees at the Darlington Country Club.
  • June 18, 1956
  • 2.53&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Lumberton, NC.
  • June 18, 2011
  • Severe thunderstorms produced damaging winds that downed trees across northeastern South Carolina. Numerous reports of fallen trees came from Darlington County near North Hartsville, SC. A 58 mph wind gust was recorded at the Marlboro County Jetport in Bennettsville, SC. In Robeson County, trees and power lines were downed and a mobile home had its roof blown off. Hundreds of severe wind reports were reported across the Carolinas. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • June 19, 1982
  • A subtropical storm passed just off the Cape Fear coastline, producing several inches of rain and gusty winds. National Hurricane Center records indicate a 68 ft. fishing boat sunk in the high seas about 65 miles southeast of Cape Fear. Winds gusted to 58 knots at the Oak Island Coast Guard station and 67 knots at the Frying Pan Shoals offshore tower. Click here to read NHC's Preliminary report on Subtropical Storm Number One!
  • June 19, 1996
  • Tropical Storm Arthur passed offshore of the Carolinas as it paralleled the Mid-Atlantic coastline. Brookgreen Gardens, SC received 4.56&rsquo&rsquo of rain from the storm. Frying Pan Shoals tower reported sustained winds of 34 knots and gusts up to 40 knots.
  • June 19, 1998
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Wilmington near the Railroad Museum and tracked a spotty path to 23rd St. Property damage estimated around $150,000 to trees, homes, and businesses.
  • June 19, 2005
  • A severe thunderstorm produced golf ball size hail that coated the ground and damaged several tobacco fields near Kingstree, SC.
  • June 20, 2006
  • Golf ball size hail was reported near Society Hill, SC.
  • June 20, 2008
  • Severe thunderstorms produced quarter size hail near Pamplico, SC and Raynham, NC. A large tree was downed at an intersection in Longwood, NC.
  • June 21, 1961
  • One person was injured when an F2 tornado touched down in Marion, SC. Fifty homes were damaged, with one dwelling and four business buildings destroyed. Power poles and lines were also blown down.
  • June 21, 2006
  • Severe thunderstorms downed power lines and trees in Marlboro and Darlington counties. A 58 mph wind gust was recorded at the Darlington County Jetport. Quarter size hail fell in Timmonsville, SC.
  • June 22, 1958
  • 4.92&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Florence, SC, its highest daily precipitation total on record during the month of June. Elsewhere, an observer in Marion, SC reported 5.35&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • Severe thunderstorms in Bladen County produced quarter to golf ball size hail around White Lake, NC. A tree was downed on a house near Elizabethtown, NC, and the skirting was ripped off of a mobile home.
  • June 23, 2011
  • Severe storms produced damaging winds and large hail across our forecast area. A 75 mph wind gust was recorded at the Wilmington International Airport, and quarter size hail was reported in Murrayville, NC. In Pembroke, NC, thunderstorm gusts damaged an apartment building near the UNC Pembroke campus. A roof blew off a building, and trees and power lines were downed across Maxton, NC. Half dollar size hail fell in Socastee, SC. At the Conway-Horry County Airport, two single engine airplanes were flipped over by strong wind gusts. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • June 24, 2011
  • Severe thunderstorms produced damaging winds across Darlington and Robeson counties. A 62 mph gust was recorded at the Darlington County Jetport. Power lines were downed on Main St. in Darlington, SC, and a tree fell onto a car near North Hartsville, SC. More power lines were downed on a home south of Lumberton, NC.
  • June 25, 1945
  • A Category 1 hurricane weakened slightly to a tropical storm as it moved up the Atlantic coast offshore of the Carolinas. Wilmington, NC received an astounding 7.69&rsquo&rsquo of rain, its highest daily precipitation total on record during the month of June. An observer near Georgetown, SC reported 10.56&rsquo&rsquo of rain!
  • June 26, 1945
  • 4.65" of rain fell in Lumberton, NC , its highest single-day June rainfall on record. Nearby Elizabethtown, NC recorded 4.60".
  • June 26, 1952
  • A heat wave pushed temperatures into the triple digits across our forecast area. Lumberton, NC reached a high of 105°F, while Myrtle Beach, SC climbed to 104°F, which is tied ALL-TIME high record for Myrtle Beach area (tied - Aug 5 1954). Florence, SC reported a high of 103°F, and Wilmington, NC peaked at 102°F. Click here to learn more about the 1952 heat wave!
  • June 27, 1952
  • Wilmington, NC reached its ALL-TIME record high temperature of 104°F! This was the third consecutive day that the high in Wilmington exceeded 100°F, also an ALL-TIME record. Elsewhere, an observer near Loris, SC reported a high of 107°F. Lumberton, NC reached a high of 104°F, and Florence, SC topped out at 103°F. Click here to learn more about the 1952 heat wave!
  • June 27, 1954
  • Florence, SC reached its ALL-TIME record high temperature of 108°F! Lumberton, NC topped out at 104°F (tied for its warmest June temperature on record), Myrtle Beach, SC reported 103°F, and Wilmington, NC reached 102°F. Click here to learn more about the 1954 heat wave!
  • June 28, 2005
  • 3.22&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Florence, SC.
  • June 28, 2011
  • Trees and power lines were downed by severe thunderstorm wind gusts in Red Springs, NC. One tree reportedly fell onto a car in Red Springs. There were also several reports of trees down in Florence County.
  • June 29, 1907
  • An unnamed tropical storm made landfall in Brunswick County with 50 knot winds. Heavy rain in Wilmington caused flooding on the streets and railroad tracks. The storm also knocked down a telephone cable, cutting off the beach from communications with the city. Click here to view Wilmington Morning News article for the storm!
  • June 29, 2012
  • A heat wave caused high temperatures to skyrocket into the triple digits. Florence, SC reached a high of 105°F, Lumberton, NC climbed to 103°F, and Wilmington, NC peaked at 100°F. Click here to learn more about the 2012 summer heat wave!
  • June 29, 2013
  • Two EF-0 tornadoes touched down in Socastee, SC. Approximately 10 homes experienced minor shingle and vinyl siding damage, but luckily no injuries were reported. North Myrtle Beach, SC received 3.25&rsquo&rsquo of rain. Click here to view the storm surveys.
  • June 30, 1876
  • Wilmington, NC received 7.03&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall, the second highest single-day June rainfall on record for the site. Click here to view Wilmington Morning News article for the storm!
  • June 30, 2012
  • It was another day of triple digit heat across the eastern Carolinas. Florence, SC hit 105°F, while Lumberton, NC and Wilmington, NC climbed to 103°F.
  • June 30, 2013
  • Johnny Mercer Pier recorded a 61 mph wind gust from an early morning severe thunderstorm. Later in the day, heavy rain produced flooding in Columbus and Bladen counties. Standing water was reported on US Hwy 701 in Whiteville, NC.

  • July 1, 1919
  • Wilmington, NC dipped down to a low of 54°F, its coolest temperature on record during the month of July.
  • July 1, 1951
  • Florence, SC received 4.65&rsquo&rsquo of rain, its highest daily rainfall total on record during the month of July.
  • July 1, 1990
  • An F2 tornado touched down near Singletary Lake State Park, southeast of Elizabethtown, NC. The tornado was on the ground for a half-mile. The roof was blown off a house, and a mobile home was damaged when bricks from the house were carried about a quarter mile and smashed through the mobile home.
  • July 1, 1995
  • An F0 tornado was confirmed in Southport, NC when a waterspout moved onshore and dissipated quickly.
  • July 1, 2012
  • Temperatures climbed into the triple digits as the Carolinas were in the grip of a significant heat wave. Florence, SC reached 103°F, Lumberton peaked at 101°F, and Wilmington climbed to 100°F. The hot, unstable air mass sparked a severe weather outbreak across our forecast area in the evening. We received over 60 severe weather reports of damaging winds and quarter to golf ball size hail. Many trees and power lines were downed, and some buildings sustained roof damage. Thunderstorm winds also capsized a sailboat near Figure Eight Island, requiring the Coast Guard to rescue the two men aboard. Click here to read more about the 2012 heat wave.And click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.

  • July 2, 1988
  • Florence, SC dropped to a low of 57°F, its coolest temperature on record during the month of July.
  • July 2, 2003
  • Three tornadoes were confirmed in our area. First was an F1 tornado around 3am in Williamsburg County near Salters, SC, snapping trees and destroying a manufactured home. Second F0 tornado touched down near Lake Waccamaw in Columbus County, NC, where two houses sustained minor damage before tornado dissipated as it moved across the lake. In the afternoon, an F1 tornado touched down in Bladen County between Bladenboro and Clarkton, NC, snapping trees, damaging crops, and blowing the roof off of a turkey ranch barn.
  • July 2, 2013
  • An EF-1 tornado (estimated maximum winds: 105 mph) touched down near Quinby, SC, injuring 8 people. The tornado snapped trees and destroyed 10 mobile homes while damaging 8 others. Click here to read the storm survey.
  • July 3, 2013
  • Strong, persistent onshore flow produced high energy wind waves and deadly rip currents along the Brunswick and northern Horry County beaches. North Myrtle Beach, SC ocean rescue performed 45-50 rip current rescues. Sadly, three people drowned after being pulled out to sea by strong rip currents: two at Sunset Beach and one at Ocean Isle Beach. Click here to learn more!
  • July 3, 2014
  • Hurricane Arthur passed by the Cape Fear coast before making landfall west of Cape Lookout as a category 2 hurricane. Max wind gust of 59 mph was measured at Wilmington International Airport. Highest rainfall total from our area was 4.53 inches measured in St. James in Brunswick County. Click here to view Post Tropical Storm Report for Arthur.
  • July 4, 2013
  • Strong rip currents persisted at the Brunswick and Horry County beaches. North Myrtle Beach, SC ocean rescue performed 98 rip current rescues, one of the highest daily totals they have ever recorded. Tragically, three more people drowned due to the strong rip current activity: one at Holden Beach, one at Myrtle Beach, and one at North Myrtle Beach. Click here to learn more!
  • July 5, 1946
  • 4.60&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC as a tropical storm off the South Carolina coastline approached the Cape Fear region.
  • July 5, 1993
  • An F0 tornado touched down near Hartsville, SC, damaging several homes and a flea market.
  • July 5, 1997
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Robeson County near St. Pauls, NC, where numerous trees and power lines were blown down and one mobile home was overturned. In addition, multiple wind and 0.5"-1" hail reports were received across SE NC and coastal NE SC. Worst damage occurred near Red Springs, NC where several roofs were damaged by fallen trees and numerous power lines were downed. A house fire between Pembroke and Red Springs, which claimed the lives of three people, was believed to be caused by lightning.
  • July 6, 1946
  • A 40 knot tropical storm made landfall in the early morning hours near the North Carolina/South Carolina border. Winds reportedly reached around 45 mph at Carolina and Wrightsville Beach before the center passed through the area. The pressure in Wilmington only dropped to 1006.1 millibars with 30 mph winds (estimated gusts around 45 mph). Wind damage was limited to a few broken windows. Click here to learn more!
  • July 6, 1951
  • An F1 tornado touched down near Oak Island, NC.
  • July 6, 2001
  • 39 people were injured when an F2 tornado touched down in Myrtle Beach, SC. Power lines were downed, some vehicles were flipped over, and many multi-story hotels had windows blown out. Most of the damage occurred near the Myrtle Beach pavilion. Fortunately, there were no fatalities with this tornado. An F1 tornado was also confirmed a bit further north in Myrtle Beach. Click here for more info!
  • July 6, 2009
  • A slow moving cold front brought torrential rainfall to the Wilmington area. 6.51&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell at the Wilmington International Airport. Flooded roadways forced road closures across the city of Wilmington. Some cars stalled out in the flood waters on New Centre Drive, and some first story apartments on Racine Drive flooded. At least two vehicles were swept into retention ponds by the flood waters. Click here to learn more!
  • July 6, 2013
  • The Lumber River at Lumberton, NC crested at 16.98 ft., which exceeded moderate flood stage of 16 ft. The NE Cape Fear River near Burgaw, NC also exceeded moderate flood stage (12 ft.) when it crested at 13.41 ft.
  • July 7, 1950
  • Wilmington, NC received 6.78&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall. Elsewhere, Myrtle Beach, SC reported 3.22&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • July 8, 1950
  • 6.30" of rain fell in Myrtle Beach, SC, the highest single day rainfall on record for the area for the month of July. 4.76" fell in Wilmington, NC and 4.20" in Whiteville, NC.
  • July 8, 1977
  • Florence, SC reached a high of 105°F, its hottest temperature on record during the month of July. Elsewhere, an observer near McColl, SC reported a high of 106°F, and another observer in Marion, SC reached 105°F as well. This was towards the start of a heat wave that gripped the area from July 5th through July 21st in 1977, the first significant heat wave in over 20 years. Click here to learn more!
  • July 9, 1977
  • Wilmington, NC reached a high of 102°F. This was the third consecutive day that the high reached triple digits, which is tied for the longest streak in Wilmington&rsquos history. Click here to learn more!
  • July 10, 1996
  • An F0 tornado was recorded near North Myrtle Beach, SC as a waterspout sighted off Cherry Grove Beach moved ashore and dissipated. No damage occurred.
  • July 10, 2008
  • 2.27&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Florence, SC. Flooding was reported in southeast Florence, with 2-3 feet of water on a couple of roads and around 12 vehicles stalled in the flood waters.
  • July 11, 1975
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Pender County southeast of the Holly Shelter Game Land, damaging a house trailer and one other building.
  • July 11, 2003
  • Scattered convection in the evening led to multiple wind damage reports across the area. 67 mph wind gusts was measured by the Florence, SC ASOS. 3 people were injured in Elizabethtown when a tent blew over and damaged a vehicle. An 80 ft pine tree fell through a mobile home in Aynor, SC. Multiple trees down across Dillon County, SC. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • July 11, 2007
  • An F1 tornado (estimated winds: 100 mph) touched down west of Coward, SC. Another F1 tornado touched down near Conway, SC. Elsewhere, straight line winds damaged storage buildings at the Williamsburg County Airport. Additional straight line wind damage was reported in Andrews, SC, with numerous trees down and a light pole blown on top of a car. Click here to learn more!
  • July 12, 1879
  • Wilmington, NC reached a high of 103°F, its hottest temperature on record during the month of July.
  • July 12, 1901
  • A 35 knot tropical storm made landfall at Kure Beach, NC. This storm had previously made landfall near Nags Head, NC on July 11 as a category 1 hurricane. The storm is also known as Hurricane San Cirilo in Puerto Rico, where the storm led to heavy rainfall and flooding in Puerto Rico.
  • July 12, 1996
  • Category 2 Hurricane Bertha (maximum sustained winds: 90 knots) made landfall on Bald Head Island, NC. 95 mph wind gusts were measured on Figure Eight Island, and 92 mph gusts were reported at Wrightsville Beach. The winds gusted to 70 mph and the barometric pressure dropped to 978.7 millibars in Wilmington as the eye of Bertha moved across eastern New Hanover and Pender counties. Wilmington received 5.56&rsquo&rsquo of storm total precipitation. Bertha destroyed the Kure Beach Pier and damaged the Johnnie Mercer Pier. Click here to learn more!
  • July 12, 2003
  • 3.77&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • July 12, 2013
  • A slow moving front brought heavy rain and flooding to parts of New Hanover County. A spotter in the Seagate community measured 6.30&rsquo&rsquo of rain, and another spotter near Masonboro reported 6.20&rsquo&rsquo of rain. An observer near Myrtle Grove received 6.16&rsquo&rsquo of rain. 5.70&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Monkey Junction. There were numerous reports of roads and intersections closed due to flooding. Waist deep standing water was reported near Myrtle Grove.
  • July 13, 2005
  • A lifeguard at Wrightsville Beach, NC was hospitalized after she received an indirect lightning strike.
  • July 13, 2011
  • We received numerous reports of downed trees from thunderstorm wind gusts in Hartsville, SC. A downed tree fell on a car in Bayboro, SC. A storm chaser in Florence County measured a 59 mph wind gust along with nickel size hail. In Elizabethtown, NC, a lightning strike caused a large barn to catch on fire.
  • July 13, 2012
  • An observer in Williamsburg County near Hebron, SC reported that 1.51&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in just 15 minutes! This heavy rain produced minor yard and roadway flooding.
  • July 14, 1986
  • Florence, SC reached a high of 102°F. This was the seventh consecutive day that the high reached triple digits, which is the second longest streak on record for Florence. Click here to learn more about the 1986 heat wave!
  • July 14, 2013
  • The Waccamaw River near Conway, SC crested at 13.10 ft., which is well above moderate flood stage of 12 ft.
  • July 15, 1886
  • 7.33&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC, which is the highest daily rainfall total on record here during the month of July. The heavy rains washed out several roads across the city and damaged property. Click here to view Wilmington Morning News article for the storm!
  • July 15, 1916
  • A hurricane made landfall north of Charleston, SC on July 14th. This led to heavy rain across our southern and inland areas for two days. On this day across SC, 13.25" was observed in Effingham, 12.60" in Kingstree, 11.05" in Florence, and 10.10" in Darlington. Lumberton, NC measured 5.00" of rain, its highest single day July rainfall on record.
  • July 16, 1991
  • A small tornado was seen in Wilmington, NC.
  • July 16, 2000
  • Severe thunderstorms produced damaging hail across southeast North Carolina. Baseball size hail was reported in Penderlea, NC along with estimated wind gusts of 60 mph. Golf ball size hail fell in several locations across Columbus County. Additional reports of penny to golf ball size hail were received from Robeson and Bladen counties. Click here to learn more!
  • July 17, 1916
  • The Black River at Kingstree, SC crested at 15.50 ft., well above moderate flood stage of 14 ft. This is the seventh highest crest on record for this site.
  • July 17, 2013
  • A storm survey team estimated that 60 mph thunderstorm winds downed trees and caused minor roof damage near Yauhannah, SC.
  • July 18, 1986
  • It was a very warm day across the eastern Carolinas as highs soared into the triple digits. An observer at Brookgreen Gardens, SC reported a high of 103°F, while another observer in Kingstree, SC reported a high of 102°F. Florence, SC reached 101°F, and Wilmington, NC peaked at 100°F. Click here to learn more about the 1986 heat wave!
  • July 18, 2003
  • A severe thunderstorm downed trees in Wallace, SC. Also, penny size hail was reported in Bingham, SC and near Council, NC.
  • July 19, 1963
  • An F2 tornado touched down just south of Lumberton, NC. Steel posts were twisted, trees broken off, and small buildings were unroofed.
  • July 19, 1997
  • An F0 tornado touched down in Winnabow, NC. Another F0 tornado was confirmed near Leland, NC.
  • July 19, 2004
  • A 58 mph thunderstorm wind gust was measured at the Darlington County Jetport.
  • July 19, 2017
  • A waterspout developed off the coast of Pender County, NC and subsequently moved onshore as a tornado with wind speeds estimated around 70 mph. Damage occurred to a wooden fence and to roofs on three houses. Click here for a video and more information!
  • July 20, 1916
  • The Lynches River at Effingham, SC crested above major flood stage at 18.70 ft.
  • July 20, 1994
  • Tropical Depression Two made landfall near Georgetown, SC. An observer in Conway, SC received 2.10&rsquo&rsquo of rain, while another observer in Myrtle Beach, SC measured 2.00&rsquo&rsquo of rain. According to the National Hurricane Center, Myrtle Beach also recorded wind gusts of 36 knots after the depression made landfall.
  • July 21, 1926
  • Lumberton,NC reached its ALL-TIME high temperature record of 108°F. Elsewhere, 106°F was measured in Darlington, SC and 105°F was recorded in Florence and Society Hill, SC by COOP observers.
  • July 21, 2010
  • Several large trees were downed by severe thunderstorms in Williamsburg County, SC. Two people were hospitalized after being struck by lightning in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Surfside Beach Fire Department also sustained significant damage from a lightning strike.
  • July 21, 2012
  • Severe thunderstorms produced quarter size hail near Pembroke, NC. Nickel size hail fell near Bennettsville, SC. Additionally, trees were downed in several locations across Robeson County, NC and Marlboro County, SC.
  • July 22, 1988
  • 6.49&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC.
  • July 22, 2011
  • It was quite a warm day across our forecast area with temperatures climbing into the triple digits. Florence, SC reached a high of 102°F, while Wilmington, NC peaked at 100°F. An observer near Cades, SC reported a high of 102°F. This was in the midst of extreme heat that impacted much of the country July 20th - July 24th. Click here to view max temps from July 20 - July 24!And click here to learn more about the 2011 summer heat wave!
  • July 23, 1983
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Florence, SC.
  • July 23, 2000
  • 3.38&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in North Myrtle Beach, SC. An F0 tornado was recorded two miles southwest of Litchfield Beach as a waterspout came onshore. It struck the Litchfield Inn, though no damage was reported, and shattered the windows or several autmobiles.
  • July 23, 2012
  • A lightning strike started a fire in Ogden Park (Wilmington) that forced the evacuation of the park.
  • July 24, 1952
  • It was a very hot day across the eastern Carolinas as Lumberton, NC reached a high of 107°F and Florence, SC peaked at 104°F. This marked the fourth consecutive day that the temperature in Lumberton reached at least 105°F! Click here to learn more about the 1952 heat wave!
  • July 24, 1999
  • Lumberton, NC received 3.49&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • July 25, 1985
  • Hurricane Bob made landfall near Beaufort, SC the night of July 24th. This led to heavy rains across our area on the 25th. An observer in Conway, SC reported 6.55&rsquo&rsquo of rain. Another observer in Kingstree, SC measured 4.10&rsquo&rsquo of rain. Florence, SC received 3.08&rsquo&rsquo of rain. Elsewhere, 1-3 inches of rain fell across the eastern Carolinas. Click here to view rain map for Bob from WPC!
  • July 25, 2007
  • The Coast Guard reported a waterspout over the Atlantic Ocean east of Winyah Bay.
  • July 25, 2010
  • A severe thunderstorm downed a tree in Robeson County near Red Springs, NC.
  • July 26, 1914
  • Lumberton, NC reached a high temperature of 106°F. This was in the middle of a record streak for Lumberton, with 7 days straight of triple-digit temperatures from July 23 to July 29.
  • July 26, 2010
  • Severe thunderstorms downed a couple of large trees in Williamsburg County and one in Darlington County. A couple of trees were blown over in Horry County, and power lines were downed near Myrtle Beach, SC. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • July 27, 1914
  • Lumberton, NC reached a high temperature of 106°F for second day in a row. This was in the middle of a record streak for Lumberton, with 7 days straight of triple-digit temperatures from July 23 to July 29.
  • July 27, 2005
  • Hot temperatures and high humidity combined to produce extreme heat across the eastern Carolinas. Heat indices reached 105-115°F across much of our area. Darlington, SC reported a temperature of 100°F and a dewpoint of 79°F this created a heat index of 121°F! Wilmington, NC reached a heat index of 119°F (temperature: 97°F, dewpoint 81°F). Click here to see more!
  • July 27, 2007
  • A 61 mph wind gust was measured near Lamar, SC, and a billboard was blown down in this area. Also, quarter to half dollar size hail fell in Darlington County near Oats, SC.
  • July 27, 2008
  • A severe thunderstorm produced a 62 mph wind gust at the Darlington County Jetport.
  • July 27, 2013
  • Several inches of rain fell over northeast South Carolina in a short period of time, resulting in a serious flood event in Florence County. The Florence Regional Airport received 2.00&rsquo&rsquo of rain in just one hour en route to a daily rainfall record of 4.10&rsquo&rsquo. A spotter in Effingham, SC measured 3.96&rsquo&rsquo of rain in a span of just two hours. This heavy rain caused significant flooding in and around the city of Florence. Numerous roads and intersections were closed, and there were several reports of disabled vehicles with water around one foot deep on some roads in the city. Click here to see more!
  • July 28, 1938
  • The Cape Fear River at W.O. Huske Lock and Dam crested at 56.06 ft., far exceeding moderate flood stage of 50 ft.
  • July 28, 1963
  • An F0 tornado touched down in Florence, SC.
  • July 28, 2005
  • Extreme heat indices persisted across the eastern Carolinas with an oppressive heat/humidity combination. The heat index in Myrtle Beach, SC peaked at 123°F (temperature: 97°F, dewpoint: 82°F). In Elizabethtown, NC, the heat index peaked at 118°F (temperature: 99°F, dewpoint: 79°F). Click here to see more!
  • July 28, 2009
  • One person drowned due to strong rip currents in Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • July 29, 1916
  • The Waccamaw River near Conway, SC crested at 13.61 ft., which is well above moderate flood stage of 12 ft.
  • July 29, 1960
  • Tropical Storm Brenda dumped abundant rainfall over the eastern Carolinas as it moved up the Mid-Atlantic coast. Some of the highest two-day rainfall totals (July 28-29) include: 7.72&rsquo&rsquo in Myrtle Beach, SC, 6.89&rsquo&rsquo in Whiteville, NC, and 5.16&rsquo&rsquo at Brookgreen Gardens, SC. Winds gusted to 48 mph in Wilmington, NC. Some beach homes sustained minor roof and window damage, and some boats were swamped. Fortunately, no fatalities or injuries were reported. Click here to learn more!
  • July 30, 2008
  • A 63 mph thunderstorm wind gust was measured at the Lumberton Municipal Airport. Strong winds downed large tree branches east of Lumberton. Additionally, several trees were downed northwest of Conway, SC. Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach reported a 43 mph wind gust from the storms.
  • July 31, 2002
  • Half dollar size hail was reported in Red Springs, NC.
  • July 31, 2008
  • Severe thunderstorms downed trees and power lines across Dillon, SC. 17 trees were downed in Marion County from Mullins to Nichols, SC. Several trees were uprooted and nickel size hail fell near Tabor City, NC. More trees and power lines were downed along with penny size hail in Lumberton, NC.
  • July 31, 2012
  • A waterspout was spotted just east of Bald Head Island, NC.
  • August 1, 1972
  • An F0 tornado touched down in Wilmington, NC, causing negligible damage as it uprooted a tree and tossed yard furniture.
  • August 1, 1980
  • Florence, SC recorded a high of 106°F, which is tied for its highest temperature in August and second highest all-time temperature. An observer near McColl, SC reported a high of 107°F, while Wilmington, NC peaked at 101°F. Click here to learn more about the 1980 heat wave!
  • August 1, 1999
  • Wilmington, NC reached a high of 103°F, its hottest temperature on record during the month of August. Florence, SC climbed to 104°F, and an observer in Kingstree, SC reported a high of 106°F. Click here to learn more about the 1999 heat wave!
  • August 1, 2012
  • Heavy rain fell across portions of southeastern North Carolina. In Brunswick County, 4.23&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell at Sunny Point Military Terminal. 3.55&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Southport, NC, and 3.40&rsquo&rsquo was reported in Surf City, NC. Click here to view more rain totals!
  • August 2, 2008
  • Damaging winds from severe thunderstorms were reported across our inland counties. A 72 mph wind gust was measured by a spotter in Darlington, SC. A microburst downed many trees and ripped the roof off a warehouse in Darlington County. A storage building was destroyed in Chavistown, SC, and some cars sustained hail damage. Many trees were downed in Dillon and Marlboro County, SC. A tree fell on a house in Bladenboro, NC. Click here to view the storm reports for the day.
  • August 2, 2012
  • Severe thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail near Effingham, SC and in Kelly, NC. Quarter size hail was reported near Elizabethtown, NC and in Atkinson, NC. Three buildings sustained roof damage and trees were downed in Chadbourn, NC. Click here to view the SPC Event Archive for the day.
  • August 3, 1973
  • Florence, SC received 5.54&rsquo&rsquo of rain, its highest daily rainfall total on record during the month of August, causing flash flooding and minor damage. Also, an F1 tornado touched down in east Florence damaging four homes and lightning heavily damaged a restaurant in Florence. Elsewhere, an observer near Georgetown, SC measured 4.17&rsquo&rsquo of rain.
  • August 3, 2004
  • After Tropical Storm Alex meandered off the South Carolina coast for a couple days, Alex strengthened into a hurricane about 75 miles S-SE of Wilmington, NC. Hurricane Alex paralleled the North Carolina coastline and brushed the Outer Banks before turning back to the Atlantic. A 52 mph wind gust was measured at Frying Pan Shoals buoy 41013, a 42 mph gust was reported at Bald Head Island, and a 30 mph gust was recorded at Wilmington International Airport. The local impacts were limited to some minor beach erosion. Click here to learn more!
  • August 3, 2020
  • Hurricane Isaias made landfall the evening of August 3rd as a category one hurricane at Ocean Isle Beach, NC, with maximum sustained winds near 85 mph. The storm's rapid movement limited rainfall amounts, however significant storm surge flooding and multiple tornado touchdowns occurred across portions of coastal South and North Carolina. Click here to learn more!
  • August 4, 1911
  • 4.83&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Wilmington, NC. Elsewhere, 1.90&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Cheraw, SC.
  • An F0 tornado was recorded in Southport, NC as a waterspout came ashore before dissipating.
  • August 4, 2020
  • Due to storm surge from Hurricane Isaias, track of the storm from the south, and the storm making landfall around high tide, water levels for the Lower Cape Fear River at Downtown Wilmington reached a record height of 9.03 ft. This well surpassed the previous record of 8.28 ft set a year prior during Hurricane Florence. Click here to learn more!
  • August 5, 1954
  • In the midst of an intense summer, Myrtle Beach, SC reached 104°F, tied ALL-TIME high temperature record for the area (tied - June 26, 1952). Florence, SC reached a sweltering 106°F, while Wilmington and Lumberton, NC both reached 102°F. Click here to learn more about the 1954 heat wave!
  • August 5, 1969
  • An F2 tornado touched down north of Burgaw, NC. Two homes and several outbuildings were severely damaged, with three large trees uprooted and a fourth stripped of limbs. A tree fell on a car and furniture was carried a quarter mile.
  • August 5, 1974
  • 3.91&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Florence, SC.
  • August 5, 1997
  • A left-moving supercell did significant damage in Pender County. A damage track 5 miles wide and 20 miles long occurred through the town of Watha northeast toward the Holly Shelter wildlife refuge, including winds over 60 mph and hail the size of tennis balls. Total damage estimated at around $3.5 million. Click here to learn more.
  • August 5, 2007
  • Temperatures climbed to triple digits across our inland counties as a record heat wave began impacting the Carolinas. Lumberton, NC recorded a high of 101°F, and Florence, SC peaked at 100°F. Click here to learn more about the summer of 2007 heat wave!
  • August 6, 1872
  • Wilmington, NC received 5.39&rsquo&rsquo of rainfall.
  • August 6, 2004
  • A late summer cold front moved across the eastern Carolinas, dropping lows into the upper 50s/low 60s. Lumberton, NC dipped all the way down to 57°F.
  • August 6, 2007
  • A heat wave continued across the Carolinas as Florence, SC reached a high of 102°F and Lumberton, NC peaked at 101°F. Triple digit temperatures at our inland locations continued for the next several days. Click here to learn more about the 2007 heat wave!
  • August 7, 1953
  • An F1 tornado tracked through Georgetown, SC fortunately, no fatalities or injuries were reported.
  • August 7, 1980
  • Florence, SC reached a high of 102°F, a record eighth consecutive day that the temperature hit triple digits there. Click here to learn more about the 1980 heat wave!
  • August 7, 2004
  • Wilmington, NC dropped to a low of 55°F, its coolest temperature on record during the month of August. Lumberton, NC dipped down to 53°F, North Myrtle Beach, SC dropped to 56°F, and Florence, SC recorded a low of 57°F during this late summer cool spell.
  • August 8, 1968
  • An F1 tornado touched down near North Myrtle Beach, SC in a wooded area, twisting off some tree tops. Also, a large cluster of thunderstorms caused winds of about 80mph at the Myrtle Beach airport.
  • August 8, 2007
  • A record heat wave continued across the Carolinas. Florence, SC recorded a high of 106°F, which is tied for its highest temperature in August and second highest all-time temperature. Lumberton, NC also climbed to 106°F, tied for its highest temperature in August. Click here to learn more!
  • August 9, 1964
  • An F1 tornado touched down in Florence County near Lynches River County Park causing slight damage to trees.
  • August 9, 2003
  • 3.79&rsquo&rsquo of rain fell in Lumberton, NC.
  • August 9, 2007
  • Staggering heat persisted at our inland locations as Florence, SC and Lumberton, NC both reached 106°F for the second day in a row. An observer near McColl, SC reported a high of 108°F. Click here to learn more!

  • August 10, 1908
  • The Waccamaw River near Conway, SC crested at 14.11 ft., which is above major flood stage of 14 ft.
  • August 10, 1955
  • An F2 tornado tracked across Dillon County between Dillon and Latta, SC. Five people were injured by an F1 tornado near Bucksville, SC. One person was injured when an F1 tornado touched down west of Willard, NC. These tornadoes were spawned by Hurricane Connie, which was due east of Georgia on this day before it made a right hand turn the night of the 10th towards NC. Click here to learn more!
  • August 10, 2007
  • This was the sixth consecutive day that the temperature in Florence, SC and Lumberton, NC reached triple digits! Florence and Lumberton reached a high of 106°F for the third consecutive day. Elsewhere, an observer near McColl, SC again reported a high of 108°F. Click here to learn more about the 2007 heat wave!


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