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  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in North Carolina was -34 on Mt.Mitchell (6525 ft above sea level) on Jan. 21, 1985.
  • The hottest temperature ever recorded in North Carolina was 110 F in Fayetteville on Aug. 21, 1983.
  • The air near a lightning strike is hotter than the surface of the sun!
  • The average flash of lightning could turn on a 100-watt light bulb for more than three months.
  • About 10 percent of thunderstorms are classified as severe -- one that produces hail at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter, has winds of 58 miles per hour or higher, or produces a tornado.
  • If a high pressure system is on its way, often you can expect cooler temperatures and clear skies. If a low pressure system is coming, then look for warmer weather, storms and rain.
  • Air pressure changes with altitude. When you move to a higher place, say a tall mountain, air pressure decreases because there are fewer air molecules as you move higher in the sky.
  • The center of the sun is thought to be 40 million degrees Celsius.
  • The world's largest snowflake was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records is 38 cm wide and 20 cm thick. The snowflake fell at Fort Keogh, Mon., on Jan. 28, 1887.
  • Nine out of 10 lightning bolts strike land rather than oceans.
  • The U.S. has more than 100,000 thunderstorms every year, with more than 16 million taking place across the world in a year.
  • Nearly 2,000 thunderstorm cells are estimated over the planet at any given time.
  • The strongest ever recorded wind was an amazing 231 mph on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.
  • The South Pole is the least sunny place -- only 182 days each year get sunshine.
  • Yuma, Ariz., has more than 4,000 hours of sunshine per year -- making it the sunniest place on the planet!
  • The lowest ever recorded world temperature was a bitter -129.28 F (-89.6°C) at Vostok Station, Antarctica, on the July 21, 1983.
  • Al'Aziziyah, in Libya, has the highest recorded temperature on earth at a sweltering 136 F (58°C) on Sept. 13, 1922.
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  • Wes Hohenstein

    Wes Hohenstein

    Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein delivers your weekday forecasts at 6, 7 & 11 p.m.… and that's a fact. His "Weather Facts" promos have earned some laughs. But, his passion for predicting the weather is no joke!
    Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein delivers your weekday forecasts at 6, 7 and 11 p.m.…and that's a fact. His Emmy Award-winning "Weather Facts" promos have earned some laughs, but his passion for predicting the weather is no joke!
  • Bill Reh

    Bill Reh

    Meteorologist Bill Reh delivers your weekday forecast on WNCN Today starting at 5.!  He has been forecasting weather in central North Carolina since 1983 and understands local weather like few others.
    Meteorologist Bill Reh delivers your weekday forecast on WNCN Today starting at 5.!  He has been forecasting weather in central North Carolina since 1983 and understands local weather like few others.
  • Alyssa Corfont

    Alyssa Corfont

    Meteorologist Alyssa Corfont delivers your weekend weather forecasts and contributes to other special projects.  She brings valuable forecasting experience from across the country.
    Meteorologist Alyssa Corfont delivers your weekend weather forecasts and contributes to other special projects.  She brings valuable forecasting experience from across the country.
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