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Weather IQ: A look back at some of the biggest weather events of 2022

From snow to severe weather and tropical cyclones, 2022 was an eventful year!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — From snow to severe weather and tropical cyclones, 2022 was an eventful year and the WCNC Weather Team was there for you. Let’s take you back. 

In January, we had back-to-back-to-back weekends of snowfall. January was the 24th-snowiest January on record in Charlotte with 4.3 inches of snowfall. The pattern was influenced by La Nina, an atmospheric pattern, which will again make snow favorable this winter season.

In the spring, we had waves of severe weather in the form of thunderstorms and tornadoes. A May storm produced EF-1 tornado damage in Charlotte and Harrisburg. There were other tornadoes this year too, including an EF2 in Anson and Stanly counties, an EF2 in Iredell County, an EF1 in Alexander County, and an EF0 in Cleveland County.  

In September, the eye of Hurricane Ian made landfall on the South Carolina coast near Georgetown before bringing tropical storm-force winds to the Charlotte area.  

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The storm had left a devasting path of destruction across Florida where at least 148 people died. Communities are still continuing to rebuild. 

And then just weeks later, Florida again would embrace for impacts from Hurricane Nicole. Both Hurricane Ian and Nicole prompted NASA to delay the launch of Artemis-1. The mission finally launched later in November. The spacecraft spent over 25 days in space, where it broke records and tested new technology that will return humans to the Moon in the years ahead.  

Let's talk stats! 2022 was one of the warmest for Charlotte 

The Queen City had the 5th warmest Spring on record and the 10th warmest Summer.  Where the second day of Summer hit 101°. That was the first time Charlotte had a triple-digit high since 2015. 

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Rainfall was below normal in 2022. But The wettest day of the year was when tropical storm Ian dumped 2.54" of rain on Sept. 30.  

Talking cold, Christmas Eve morning hit, which was the coldest low Charlotte had seen in years and the 2nd coldest low on Dec 24. 

In the new year, you can trust we will raise your Weather IQ with new educational explanations of the world around you. And when severe weather hits, we’ll keep you Weather Aware around-the-clock on-air and online.

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