There are signs fall colors in NC will soon arrive. From crisp morning temperatures in the 50s to cinnamon sticks in the front of local grocery stores, we are gearing up for a season known for admirable temperatures.
However, on average, fall temperatures have gone up by 2.7 degrees across the United States since 1970, according to data from Climate Central. A hotter than normal fall day could lead to changes in when we see leaves change colors.
Between 1970 and 2021, we have seen an average of 10 warmer fall days in Raleigh. In Asheville, we have seen five warmer fall days.
(CNN) — A wild expanse on North Carolina’s Outer Banks has earned the top spot on an annual list of America’s best beaches.
Ocracoke Island’s Lifeguarded Beach is the No. 1 stretch of sand for 2022, according to coastal scientist Stephen Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach.”
Leatherman, a professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, has been ranking America’s best beaches since 1991.
He uses 50 criteria to evaluate 650 public beaches in the US. The criteria include beach width, sand softness, water temperature and color, wildlife and more.
The Lifeguarded Beach on Ocracoke Island rose to No. 1 this year from its No. 3 ranking in 2021. The beach is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is operated by the National Park Service.
“I like this area because it has the three things that you must have to make a great beach: clean sand, clean water and beach safety,” Leatherman told CNN Travel Wednesday morning from the shores of Ocracoke, where it was windy with a small surf.
Well, we’re heading for a special Final Four in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. North Carolina faces off against Duke, their arch rival in the Final Four. Amazingly, these two blueblood teams have never met before in the Tournament’s history.
Here’s my video of slideshow and the show slides of it, so enjoy the game! Go Heels!
It’s an endless debate among North Carolinians we’ve all had at some point whether we wanted to or not. You may have even gotten flashbacks to heated culinary arguments with friends or family members in the past just by reading the question.
We asked FOX8 viewers to tell us their favorite style of Carolina BBQ and maybe vent some of their strongest opinions in the process, and they certainly responded. Lexington-style came out on top with a little over 55 percent of the vote.
But Eastern-style still has its fair share of fans with around 36 percent of voters saying they prefer it.
In early April, when my husband, Neil, and I had both secured vaccine appointments, he suggested a road trip.
He had been fixing up a sporty old car — one of his many pandemic sanity projects — and wanted to put it to the test, driving it from our home in Chicago to a serpentine stretch of road called Tail of the Dragon, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, straddling the Tennessee and North Carolina state line.
At the same time, I had been thinking about how much I would love to see a couple of friends in North Carolina, a state I had never visited. And why not add places we had been meaning to explore to the list? Nashville, Louisville, and Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park rounded out the itinerary, and our first trip since December 2019 started coming together.