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County Population: 1,046,791
State Population Rank: #2
County Seat: Raleigh

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Raleigh: 451,066
  • Cary: 159,769
  • Apex: 43,907
  • Holly Springs: 33,181
  • Garner: 27,814
  • Morrisville: 21,932
  • Fuquay-Varina: 21,277
  • Knightdale: 13,291

Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 26-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 6-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 57-62°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 545'
River Basin(s): Neuse, Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 35

WAKE County

Land Area: 835.22 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #7

Water Area: 22 sq. mi. / 2.6%
State Water Area Rank: #30

Year Founded: 1771

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 191,450
State Population Rank: #12
County Seat: Smithfield

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Clayton: 19,304
  • Smithfield: 12,022





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 25-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 15-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 57-62°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 370'
River Basin(s): Neuse, Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 21

JOHNSTON County

Land Area: 791.30 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #10

Water Area: 4.2 sq. mi. / 0.5%
State Water Area Rank: #79

Year Founded: 1746

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 130,881
State Population Rank: #23
County Seat: Lillington

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Dunn: 9,723





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 57-62°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 51-55"

Highest Elevation: 490'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 25

HARNETT County

Land Area: 594.99 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #25

Water Area: 6.3 sq. mi. / 1.1%
State Water Area Rank: #54

Year Founded: 1855

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 26,924
State Population Rank: #73
County Seat: Jefferson

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Jefferson: 1,615





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 23-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-24
  • Mean Hail Days: 7-9
Mean Annual Temperature: 49-54°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 46-50"

Highest Elevation: 5208'
River Basin(s): New
Tornadoes since 1950: 0

ASHE County

Land Area: 426.14 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #57

Water Area: 3.1 sq. mi. / 0.7%
State Water Area Rank: #70

Year Founded: 1799

NWS Office: Blacksburg, VA (RNK)

County Population: 10,848
State Population Rank: #95
County Seat: Sparta

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Sparta: 1,743





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 23-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-24
  • Mean Hail Days: 7-9
Mean Annual Temperature: 47-52°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 52-56"

Highest Elevation: 4175'
River Basin(s): New
Tornadoes since 1950: 3

ALLEGHANY County

Land Area: 235.06 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #95

Water Area: 1.5 sq. mi. / 0.6%
State Water Area Rank: #74

Year Founded: 1859

NWS Office: Blacksburg, VA (RNK)

County Population: 72,113
State Population Rank: #37
County Seat: Dobson

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Mount Airy: 10,417






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 30-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-24
  • Mean Hail Days: 7-9
Mean Annual Temperature: 52-57°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 45-49"

Highest Elevation: 3580'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee, Roanoke
Tornadoes since 1950: 8

SURRY County

Land Area: 532.17 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #34

Water Area: 4.1 sq. mi. / 0.8%
State Water Area Rank: #65

Year Founded: 1771

NWS Office: Blacksburg, VA (RNK)

County Population: 46,097
State Population Rank: #56
County Seat: Danbury

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - King: 6,906





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-33

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-24
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 2579'
River Basin(s): Roanoke, Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 9

STOKES County

Land Area: 448.86 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #54

Water Area: 6.8 sq. mi. / 1.5%
State Water Area Rank: #44

Year Founded: 1789

NWS Office: Blacksburg, VA (RNK)

County Population: 91,393
State Population Rank: #31
County Seat: Wentworth

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Eden: 15,488
  • Reidsville: 14,162





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-33

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 17-23
  • Mean Hail Days: 8-9
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 1040'
River Basin(s): Roanoke, Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 9

ROCKINGHAM County

Land Area: 565.55 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #27

Water Area: 7.2 sq. mi. / 1.2%
State Water Area Rank: #52

Year Founded: 1785

NWS Office: Blacksburg, VA (RNK)

County Population: 22,910
State Population Rank: #78
County Seat: Yanceyville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Yanceyville: 2,014





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-33

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 17-23
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 880'
River Basin(s): Roanoke, Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 6

CASWELL County

Land Area: 424.92 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #58

Water Area: 3.3 sq. mi. / 0.8%
State Water Area Rank: #65

Year Founded: 1777

NWS Office: Blacksburg, VA (RNK)

County Population: 39,284
State Population Rank: #63
County Seat: Roxboro

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Roxboro: 8,344





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-23

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 17-23
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 888'
River Basin(s): Roanoke, Neuse, Tar-Pamlico
Tornadoes since 1950: 11

PERSON County

Land Area: 392.32 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #65

Water Area: 12 sq. mi. / 3.0%
State Water Area Rank: #27

Year Founded: 1792

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 59,031
State Population Rank: #47
County Seat: Oxford

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Oxford: 8,695





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-23

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 17-23
  • Mean Hail Days: 3-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 743'
River Basin(s): Roanoke, Tar-Pamlico, Neuse
Tornadoes since 1950: 7

GRANVILLE County

Land Area: 531.57 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #35

Water Area: 4.9 sq. mi. / 0.9%
State Water Area Rank: #60

Year Founded: 1746

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 44,244
State Population Rank: #59
County Seat: Henderson

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Henderson: 15,345






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-23

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-17
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 570'
River Basin(s): Roanoke, Tar-Pamlico
Tornadoes since 1950: 6

VANCE County

Land Area: 253.52 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #90

Water Area: 16 sq. mi. / 6.0%
State Water Area Rank: #18

Year Founded: 1881

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 19,907
State Population Rank: #83
County Seat: Warrenton

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Norlina: 1.098





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-23

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-17
  • Mean Hail Days: 3-5
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 480'
River Basin(s): Tar-Pamlico, Roanoke
Tornadoes since 1950: 5

WARREN County

Land Area: 428.46 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #56

Water Area: 15 sq. mi. / 3.4%
State Water Area Rank: #25

Year Founded: 1779

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 51,766
State Population Rank: #54
County Seat: Halifax

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Roanoke Rapids: 15,623






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-23

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 391'
River Basin(s): Tar-Pamlico
Tornadoes since 1950: 14

HALIFAX County

Land Area: 724.09 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #14

Water Area: 7.1 sq. mi. / 1.0%
State Water Area Rank: #59

Year Founded: 1759

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 20,000
State Population Rank: #82
County Seat: Jackson

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Gaston: 1,092





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 3-5
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 370'
River Basin(s): Chowan, Roanoke
Tornadoes since 1950: 15

NORTHAMPTON County

Land Area: 536.59 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #33

Water Area: 14 sq. mi. / 2.5%
State Water Area Rank: #31

Year Founded: 1741

NWS Office: Wakefield, VA (AKQ)

County Population: 24,136
State Population Rank: #76
County Seat: Winton

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Ahoskie: 5,023





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-17
  • Mean Hail Days: 3-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 95'
River Basin(s): Chowan
Tornadoes since 1950: 15

HERTFORD County

Land Area: 353.06 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #74

Water Area: 7.3 sq. mi. / 2.0%
State Water Area Rank: #39

Year Founded: 1760

NWS Office: Wakefield, VA (AKQ)

County Population: 11,478
State Population Rank: #93
County Seat: Gatesville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Gatesville: 308





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 3-5
Mean Annual Temperature: 56-61°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 52-56"

Highest Elevation: 85'
River Basin(s): Chowan, Pasquotank
Tornadoes since 1950: 5

GATES County

Land Area: 340.45 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #76

Water Area: 5.2 sq. mi. / 1.5%
State Water Area Rank: #44

Year Founded: 1779

NWS Office: Wakefield, VA (AKQ)

County Population: 14,383
State Population Rank: #88
County Seat: Edenton

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Edenton: 4,983





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 3-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-2
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 49-53"

Highest Elevation: 52'
River Basin(s): Chowan, Pasquotank
Tornadoes since 1950: 13

CHOWAN County

Land Area: 172.47 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #100 (NC's smallest county!)

Water Area: 61 sq. mi. / 26.0%
State Water Area Rank: #8

Year Founded: 1668

NWS Office: Wakefield, VA (AKQ)

County Population: 13,335
State Population Rank: #90
County Seat: Hertford

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Hertford: 2,176





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 3-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-2
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 49-53"

Highest Elevation: 52'
River Basin(s): Pasquotank, Chowan
Tornadoes since 1950: 10

PERQUIMANS County

Land Area: 247.09 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #92

Water Area: 82 sq. mi. / 25.0%
State Water Area Rank: #9

Year Founded: 1668

NWS Office: Wakefield, VA (AKQ)

County Population: 39,864
State Population Rank: #62
County Seat: Elizabeth City

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Elizabeth City: 17,988






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 3-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-2
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 46-50"

Highest Elevation: 21'
River Basin(s): Pasquotank
Tornadoes since 1950: 20

PASQUOTANK County

Land Area: 226.88 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #96

Water Area: 63 sq. mi. / 22.0%
State Water Area Rank: #10

Year Founded: 1668

NWS Office: Wakefield, VA (AKQ)

County Population: 10,418
State Population Rank: #96
County Seat: Camden

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Camden: 599





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 2-5
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 50-54"

Highest Elevation: 24'
River Basin(s): Pasquotank
Tornadoes since 1950: 4

CAMDEN County

Land Area: 240.56 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #93

Water Area: 70 sq. mi. / 22.0%
State Water Area Rank: #10

Year Founded: 1777

NWS Office: Wakefield, VA (AKQ)

County Population: 25,809
State Population Rank: #74
County Seat: Currituck

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Moyock: 3,759





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 3-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-2
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 23'
River Basin(s): Pasquotank
Tornadoes since 1950: 8

CURRITUCK County

Land Area: 261.85 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #87

Water Area: 265 sq. mi. / 50.0%
State Water Area Rank: #4

Year Founded: 1668

NWS Office: Wakefield, VA (AKQ)

County Population: 53,922
State Population Rank: #51
County Seat: Boone

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Boone: 18,211






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 23-30

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 4-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 46-51°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 5920'
River Basin(s): Watauga, New, Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 2

WATAUGA County

Land Area: 312.56 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #81

Water Area: 0.9 sq. mi. / 0.3%
State Water Area Rank: #88

Year Founded: 1849

NWS Office: Blacksburg, VA (RNK)

County Population: 68,740
State Population Rank: #39
County Seat: Wilkesboro

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - North Wilkesboro: 4,234





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 23-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-24
  • Mean Hail Days: 7-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 51-56°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 49-53"

Highest Elevation: 4079'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 6

WILKES County

Land Area: 754.28 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #13

Water Area: 2.6 sq. mi. / 0.3%
State Water Area Rank: #88

Year Founded: 1778

NWS Office: Blacksburg, VA (RNK)

County Population: 37,532
State Population Rank: #64
County Seat: Yadkinville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Yadkinville: 2,952





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 23-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-24
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 1755'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 8

YADKIN County

Land Area: 334.83 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #78

Water Area: 2.7 sq. mi. / 0.8%
State Water Area Rank: #65

Year Founded: 1850

NWS Office: Blacksburg, VA (RNK)

County Population: 371,511
State Population Rank: #4
County Seat: Winston-Salem

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Winston-Salem: 241,218
  • Kernersville: 23,811
  • Clemmons: 19,844
  • Lewisville: 13,567



Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-23
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-9
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 1100'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee, Roanoke, Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 16

FORSYTH County

Land Area: 408.15 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #60

Water Area: 4.5 sq. mi. / 1.1%
State Water Area Rank: #54

Year Founded: 1849

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 521,330
State Population Rank: #3
County Seat: Greensboro

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Greensboro: 285,342
  • High Point: 110,268
  • Summerfield: 10,861




Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-23
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 1000'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear, Roanoke, Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 13

GUILFORD County

Land Area: 645.70 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #22

Water Area: 12 sq. mi. / 1.8%
State Water Area Rank: #41

Year Founded: 1771

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 159,688
State Population Rank: #17
County Seat: Graham

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Burlington: 52,472
  • Graham: 14,647
  • Mebane: 13,698
  • Elon: 10,024



Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 23-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 970'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 6

ALAMANCE County

Land Area: 423.94 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #59

Water Area: 11 sq. mi. / 2.5%
State Water Area Rank: #31

Year Founded: 1849

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 141,796
State Population Rank: #20
County Seat: Hillsborough

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Chapel Hill: 59,568
  • Carrboro: 21,156





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 23-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 17-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 860'
River Basin(s): Neuse, Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 8

ORANGE County

Land Area: 397.96 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #63

Water Area: 3.5 sq. mi. / 0.9%
State Water Area Rank: #60

Year Founded: 1752

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 306,212
State Population Rank: #6
County Seat: Durham

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Durham: 257,636






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 23-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 17-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 770'
River Basin(s): Neuse, Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 7

DURHAM County

Land Area: 285.98 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #84

Water Area: 12 sq. mi. / 4.0%
State Water Area Rank: #20

Year Founded: 1881

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 64,705
State Population Rank: #41
County Seat: Louisburg

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Louisburg: 3,488





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 23-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 562'
River Basin(s): Tar-Pamlico, Neuse
Tornadoes since 1950: 10

FRANKLIN County

Land Area: 491.68 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #45

Water Area: 2.8 sq. mi. / 0.6%
State Water Area Rank: #74

Year Founded: 1779

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 94,005
State Population Rank: #30
County Seat: Nashville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Rocky Mount (partial): 55,806






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 15-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 43-47"

Highest Elevation: 360'
River Basin(s): Tar-Pamlico, Neuse
Tornadoes since 1950: 14

NASH County

Land Area: 540.41 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #32

Water Area: 2.4 sq. mi. / 0.4%
State Water Area Rank: #84

Year Founded: 1777

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 53,518
State Population Rank: #52
County Seat: Tarboro

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Rocky Mount (partial): 55,806
  • Tarboro: 11,348





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 6-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 56-61°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 140'
River Basin(s): Tar-Pamlico
Tornadoes since 1950: 10

EDGECOMBE County

Land Area: 505.34 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #43

Water Area: 1.3 sq. mi. / 0.3%
State Water Area Rank: #88

Year Founded: 1741

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 23,172
State Population Rank: #77
County Seat: Williamston

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Williamston: 5,379





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 9-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 2-6
Mean Annual Temperature: 57-62°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 49-53"

Highest Elevation: 92'
River Basin(s): Roanoke, Tar-Pamlico
Tornadoes since 1950: 20

MARTIN County

Land Area: 461.22 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #51

Water Area: 0.3 sq. mi. / 0.06%
State Water Area Rank: #99

Year Founded: 1774

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 19,854
State Population Rank: #84
County Seat: Windsor

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Windsor: 3,476





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 9-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 2-6
Mean Annual Temperature: 58-63°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 52-56"

Highest Elevation: 103'
River Basin(s): Roanoke, Chowan
Tornadoes since 1950: 25

BERTIE County

Land Area: 699.27 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #16

Water Area: 42 sq. mi. / 5.7%
State Water Area Rank: #19

Year Founded: 1722

NWS Office: Wakefield, VA (AKQ)

County Population: 12,195
State Population Rank: #92
County Seat: Plymouth

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Plymouth: 3,766





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 9-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 2-6
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 50'
River Basin(s): Pasquotank, Tar-Pamlico, Roanoke
Tornadoes since 1950: 12

WASHINGTON County

Land Area: 348.14 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #75

Water Area: 76 sq. mi. / 18.0%
State Water Area Rank: #13

Year Founded: 1799

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 4,141
State Population Rank: #100 (NC's least populous county!)
County Seat: Columbia

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Columbia: 850





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 5-9

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-2
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 16'
River Basin(s): Pasquotank
Tornadoes since 1950: 16

TYRRELL County

Land Area: 389.04 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #67

Water Area: 205 sq. mi. / 35.0%
State Water Area Rank: #7

Year Founded: 1729

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 35,964
State Population Rank: #66
County Seat: Manteo

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Kill Devil Hills: 6,920





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 3-9

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-2
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 49-53"

Highest Elevation: 138'
River Basin(s): Pasquotank
Tornadoes since 1950: 39

DARE County

Land Area: 383.42 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #68

Water Area: 1179 sq. mi. / 75.0%
State Water Area Rank: #1

Year Founded: 1870

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 17,516
State Population Rank: #86
County Seat: Newland

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Banner Elk: 1,067





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 25-30

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-21
  • Mean Hail Days: 7-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 45-50°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 53-57"

Highest Elevation: 6160'
River Basin(s): French Broad, Catawba, Watauga
Tornadoes since 1950: 1

AVERY County

Land Area: 247.09 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #91

Water Area: 0.1 sq. mi. / 0.06%
State Water Area Rank: #99

Year Founded: 1911

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 81,449
State Population Rank: #34
County Seat: Lenoir

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Lenoir: 18,042






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 30-40

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 4-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 52-57°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 53-57"

Highest Elevation: 5920'
River Basin(s): Catawba, Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 8

CALDWELL County

Land Area: 471.57 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #48

Water Area: 2.7 sq. mi. / 0.6%
State Water Area Rank: #74

Year Founded: 1841

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 37,428
State Population Rank: #65
County Seat: Taylorsville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Taylorsville: 2,063





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 34-40

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-24
  • Mean Hail Days: 7-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 46-50"

Highest Elevation: 2564'
River Basin(s): Catawba, Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 6

ALEXANDER County

Land Area: 259.99 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #88

Water Area: 3.7 sq. mi. / 1.4%
State Water Area Rank: #48

Year Founded: 1847

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 172,916
State Population Rank: #15
County Seat: Statesville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Mooresville: 36,009
  • Statesville: 26,221





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 34-40

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 8-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 1740'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee, Catawba
Tornadoes since 1950: 16

IREDELL County

Land Area: 573.83 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #26

Water Area: 23 sq. mi. / 3.9%
State Water Area Rank: #22

Year Founded: 1788

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 139,933
State Population Rank: #21
County Seat: Salisbury

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Salisbury: 34,017






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 34-40

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-25
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 57-62°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 43-47"

Highest Elevation: 1090'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 11

ROWAN County

Land Area: 511.37 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #40

Water Area: 12 sq. mi. / 2.4%
State Water Area Rank: #34

Year Founded: 1753

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 42,013
State Population Rank: #61
County Seat: Mocksville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Mocksville: 5,131





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-25
  • Mean Hail Days: 8-9
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 1010'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 6

DAVIE County

Land Area: 264.11 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #86

Water Area: 3.0 sq. mi. / 1.1%
State Water Area Rank: #54

Year Founded: 1836

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 164,926
State Population Rank: #16
County Seat: Lexington

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Thomasville: 27,061
  • Lexington: 19,326





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-25
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 56-61°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 1188'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 13

DAVIDSON County

Land Area: 552.68 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #31

Water Area: 14 sq. mi. / 2.5%
State Water Area Rank: #31

Year Founded: 1822

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 143,416
State Population Rank: #19
County Seat: Asheboro

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Asheboro: 26,103
  • Archdale: 11,564





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-25
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 1150'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear, Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 16

RANDOLPH County

Land Area: 782.52 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #11

Water Area: 6.8 sq. mi. / 0.9%
State Water Area Rank: #60

Year Founded: 1779

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 72,243
State Population Rank: #36
County Seat: Pittsboro

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Siler City: 8,169





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 46-50"

Highest Elevation: 774'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 10

CHATHAM County

Land Area: 682.19 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #18

Water Area: 28 sq. mi. / 3.9%
State Water Area Rank: #22

Year Founded: 1771

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 81,661
State Population Rank: #33
County Seat: Wilson

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Wilson: 49,643






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 25-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 15-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 6-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 59-64°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 45-49"

Highest Elevation: 320'
River Basin(s): Neuse, Tar-Pamlico
Tornadoes since 1950: 16

WILSON County

Land Area: 368.17 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #71

Water Area: 5.6 sq. mi. / 1.5%
State Water Area Rank: #44

Year Founded: 1855

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 177,220
State Population Rank: #14
County Seat: Greenville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Greenville: 90,597






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 17-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 3-4
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 2-6
Mean Annual Temperature: 59-64°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 127'
River Basin(s): Tar-Pamlico, Neuse
Tornadoes since 1950: 33

PITT County

Land Area: 651.98 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #21

Water Area: 2.9 sq. mi. / 0.4%
State Water Area Rank: #84

Year Founded: 1762

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 47,526
State Population Rank: #55
County Seat: Washington

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Washington: 9,811





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 9-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 2-6
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 66'
River Basin(s): Tar-Pamlico, Neuse
Tornadoes since 1950: 34

BEAUFORT County

Land Area: 827.19 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #8

Water Area: 131 sq. mi. / 14.0%
State Water Area Rank: #15

Year Founded: 1705

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 5,517
State Population Rank: #99
County Seat: Swan Quarter

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Swan Quarter: 324





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 5-9

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-2
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 51-55"

Highest Elevation: 27'
River Basin(s): Tar-Pamlico, Pasquotank
Tornadoes since 1950: 19

HYDE County

Land Area: 612.70 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #24

Water Area: 811 sq. mi. / 57.0%
State Water Area Rank: #3

Year Founded: 1705

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 21,340
State Population Rank: #79
County Seat: Marshall

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Mars Hill: 2,145





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 28-30

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 20-21
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 51-56°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 42-46"

Highest Elevation: 5152'
River Basin(s): French Broad
Tornadoes since 1950: 5

MADISON County

Land Area: 449.57 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #53

Water Area: 1.9 sq. mi. / 0.4%
State Water Area Rank: #84

Year Founded: 1851

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 17,678
State Population Rank: #85
County Seat: Burnsville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Burnsville: 1,669





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 25-30

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-21
  • Mean Hail Days: 8-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 46-51°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 57-61"

Highest Elevation: 6684' (Mt. Mitchell)
River Basin(s): French Broad
Tornadoes since 1950: 2

YANCEY County

Land Area: 312.60 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #80

Water Area: 0.6 sq. mi. / 0.2%
State Water Area Rank: #94

Year Founded: 1833

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 15,126
State Population Rank: #87
County Seat: Bakersville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Spruce Pine: 2,123





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 25-30

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-21
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 50-55°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 6285'
River Basin(s): French Broad
Tornadoes since 1950: 0

MITCHELL County

Land Area: 221.43 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #97

Water Area: 0.7 sq. mi. / 0.3%
State Water Area Rank: #88

Year Founded: 1861

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 88,851
State Population Rank: #32
County Seat: Morganton

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Morganton: 16,692






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 23-40

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 21-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 54-59°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 49-53"

Highest Elevation: 4280'
River Basin(s): Catawba
Tornadoes since 1950: 7

BURKE County

Land Area: 507.10 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #41

Water Area: 8 sq. mi. / 1.5%
State Water Area Rank: #44

Year Founded: 1777

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 156,459
State Population Rank: #18
County Seat: Newton

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Hickory: 40,374
  • Newton: 13,035





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 34-40

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 21-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 8-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 45-49"

Highest Elevation: 1780'
River Basin(s): Catawba
Tornadoes since 1950: 15

CATAWBA County

Land Area: 398.72 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #62

Water Area: 15 sq. mi. / 3.6%
State Water Area Rank: #24

Year Founded: 1842

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 81,168
State Population Rank: #35
County Seat: Lincolnton

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Lincolnton: 10,900






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 34-40

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 21-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 7-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 45-49"

Highest Elevation: 1480'
River Basin(s): Catawba, Broad
Tornadoes since 1950: 19

LINCOLN County

Land Area: 297.94 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #82

Water Area: 9.1 sq. mi. / 3.0%
State Water Area Rank: #27

Year Founded: 1779

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 216,965
State Population Rank: #10
County Seat: Gastonia

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Gastonia: 74,543
  • Mount Holly: 14,176
  • Belmont: 10,533




Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 30-40

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 25-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 8-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 56-61°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 1690'
River Basin(s): Catawba
Tornadoes since 1950: 15

GASTON County

Land Area: 356.03 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #73

Water Area: 8.1 sq. mi. / 2.2%
State Water Area Rank: #38

Year Founded: 1846

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 97,144
State Population Rank: #28
County Seat: Shelby

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Shelby: 20,940
  • Kings Mountain: 10,760





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 30-38

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 21-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 7-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 2880'
River Basin(s): Broad
Tornadoes since 1950: 20

CLEVELAND County

Land Area: 464.26 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #50

Water Area: 4 sq. mi. / 0.9%
State Water Area Rank: #60

Year Founded: 1841

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 66,421
State Population Rank: #40
County Seat: Rutherfordton

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Forest City: 7,404





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 30-40

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 21-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 8-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 49-53"

Highest Elevation: 3965'
River Basin(s): Broad
Tornadoes since 1950: 8

RUTHERFORD County

Land Area: 564.15 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #28

Water Area: 1.7 sq. mi. / 0.3%
State Water Area Rank: #88

Year Founded: 1779

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 45,075
State Population Rank: #57
County Seat: Marion

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Marion: 7,930





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 23-30

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 21-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 7-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 53-58°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 55-59"

Highest Elevation: 5665'
River Basin(s): Catawba, Broad
Tornadoes since 1950: 4

MCDOWELL County

Land Area: 440.61 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #55

Water Area: 5.4 sq. mi. / 1.2%
State Water Area Rank: #52

Year Founded: 1842

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 20,334
State Population Rank: #81
County Seat: Columbus

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Tryon: 1,638





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 28-30

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 21-25
  • Mean Hail Days: 7-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 56-60"

Highest Elevation: 3280'
River Basin(s): Broad
Tornadoes since 1950: 2

POLK County

Land Area: 237.79 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #94

Water Area: 0.7 sq. mi. / 0.3%
State Water Area Rank: #88

Year Founded: 1855

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 114,209
State Population Rank: #26
County Seat: Hendersonville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Hendersonville: 13,814






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 30-38

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 21-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 8-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 52-57°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 59-63"

Highest Elevation: 5280'
River Basin(s): French Broad, Broad
Tornadoes since 1950: 3

HENDERSON County

Land Area: 373.07 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #70

Water Area: 2.2 sq. mi. / 0.6%
State Water Area Rank: #74

Year Founded: 1838

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 256,088
State Population Rank: #7
County Seat: Asheville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Asheville: 88,512
  • Arden (Uninc. Comm. 2000): 16,042





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 25-30

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 21-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 50-55°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 41-45"

Highest Elevation: 6400'
River Basin(s): French Broad, Broad
Tornadoes since 1950: 6

BUNCOMBE County

Land Area: 656.67 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #19

Water Area: 3.5 sq. mi. / 0.5%
State Water Area Rank: #79

Year Founded: 1791

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 60,682
State Population Rank: #44
County Seat: Waynesville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Waynesville: 9,739





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 28-30

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-21
  • Mean Hail Days: 4-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 50-55°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 6621'
River Basin(s): French Broad
Tornadoes since 1950: 2

HAYWOOD County

Land Area: 553.69 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #29

Water Area: 0.9 sq. mi. / 0.2%
State Water Area Rank: #94

Year Founded: 1808

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 33,482
State Population Rank: #70
County Seat: Brevard

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Brevard: 7,645





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 30-38

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 18-22
  • Mean Hail Days: 8-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 50-55°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 68-72"

Highest Elevation: 6000'
River Basin(s): French Broad, Savannah
Tornadoes since 1950: 3

TRANSYLVANIA County

Land Area: 378.53 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #69

Water Area: 2.0 sq. mi. / 0.5%
State Water Area Rank: #79

Year Founded: 1861

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 42,241
State Population Rank: #60
County Seat: Sylva

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Sylva: 2,603





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 30-38

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 18-22
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-9
Mean Annual Temperature: 51-56°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 58-62"

Highest Elevation: 6410'
River Basin(s): Little Tennessee, Savannah
Tornadoes since 1950: 3

JACKSON County

Land Area: 490.76 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #46

Water Area: 3.8 sq. mi. / 0.8%
State Water Area Rank: #65

Year Founded: 1851

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 34,376
State Population Rank: #68
County Seat: Franklin

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Franklin: 3,898





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 28-32

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 18-22
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 52-57°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 65-69"

Highest Elevation: 5499'
River Basin(s): Little Tennessee, Savannah
Tornadoes since 1950: 4

MACON County

Land Area: 515.56 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #39

Water Area: 4.1 sq. mi. / 0.8%
State Water Area Rank: #65

Year Founded: 1828

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 14,346
State Population Rank: #89
County Seat: Bryson City

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Bryson City: 1,422





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 28-32

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 18-22
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 54-59°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 56-60"

Highest Elevation: 6643'
River Basin(s): Little Tennessee
Tornadoes since 1950: 3

SWAIN County

Land Area: 528.00 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #37

Water Area: 13 sq. mi. / 2.3%
State Water Area Rank: #37

Year Founded: 1871

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 8,558
State Population Rank: #98
County Seat: Robbinsville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Robbinsville: 607





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 28-32

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 18-22
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 60-64"

Highest Elevation: 5560'
River Basin(s): Little Tennessee
Tornadoes since 1950: 1

GRAHAM County

Land Area: 292.08 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #83

Water Area: 9.6 sq. mi. / 3.2%
State Water Area Rank: #26

Year Founded: 1872

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 10,915
State Population Rank: #94
County Seat: Hayesville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Hayesville: 338





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 28-30

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 18-22
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 64-68"

Highest Elevation: 5499'
River Basin(s): Hiwassee, Savannah
Tornadoes since 1950: 4

CLAY County

Land Area: 214.75 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #98

Water Area: 5.9 sq. mi. / 2.7%
State Water Area Rank: #29

Year Founded: 1861

NWS Office: Morristown, TN (MRX)

County Population: 27,905
State Population Rank: #71
County Seat: Murphy

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Andrews: 1,758





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 24-28

  • Mean Tornado Days: 0-1
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 18-22
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-9
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 56-60"

Highest Elevation: 5040'
River Basin(s): Hiwassee
Tornadoes since 1950: 8

CHEROKEE County

Land Area: 455.43 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #52

Water Area: 11 sq. mi. / 2.4%
State Water Area Rank: #34

Year Founded: 1839

NWS Office: Morristown, TN (MRX)

County Population: 1,054,835
State Population Rank: #1
County Seat: Charlotte

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Charlotte: 809,958
  • Huntersville: 52,704
  • Matthews: 29,384
  • Cornelius: 26,898
  • Mint Hill: 24,542


Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 31-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 21-26
  • Mean Hail Days: 8-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 890'
River Basin(s): Catawba, Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 24

MECKLENBURG County

Land Area: 523.84 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #38

Water Area: 22 sq. mi. / 4.0%
State Water Area Rank: #20

Year Founded: 1763

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 201,590
State Population Rank: #11
County Seat: Concord

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Concord: 87,696
  • Kannapolis: 46,144
  • Harrisburg: 14,593




Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-25
  • Mean Hail Days: 8-10
Mean Annual Temperature: 56-61°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 890'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 13

CABARRUS County

Land Area: 361.75 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #72

Water Area: 2.7 sq. mi. / 0.7%
State Water Area Rank: #70

Year Founded: 1792

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 226,606
State Population Rank: #8
County Seat: Monroe

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Indian Trail: 37,073
  • Monroe: 34,623
  • Waxhaw: 13,495
  • Weddington: 10,531



Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 31-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 23-25
  • Mean Hail Days: 7-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 47-51"

Highest Elevation: 786'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee, Catawba
Tornadoes since 1950: 21

UNION County

Land Area: 631.52 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #23

Water Area: 8 sq. mi. / 1.3%
State Water Area Rank: #50

Year Founded: 1842

NWS Office: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

County Population: 60,791
State Population Rank: #43
County Seat: Albemarle

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Albemarle: 16,007






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-25
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 47-51"

Highest Elevation: 900'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 13

STANLY County

Land Area: 395.09 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #64

Water Area: 9.8 sq. mi. / 2.4%
State Water Area Rank: #34

Year Founded: 1841

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 25,448
State Population Rank: #75
County Seat: Wadesboro

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Wadesboro: 5,693





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 31-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 17-23
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 46-50"

Highest Elevation: 636'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee
Tornadoes since 1950: 5

ANSON County

Land Area: 531.45 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #36

Water Area: 5.6 sq. mi. / 1.1%
State Water Area Rank: #54

Year Founded: 1750

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 27,418
State Population Rank: #72
County Seat: Troy

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Troy: 3,466





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-34

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-25
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-8
Mean Annual Temperature: 56-61°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 45-49"

Highest Elevation: 953'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee, Cape Fear, Lumber
Tornadoes since 1950: 8

MONTGOMERY County

Land Area: 491.76 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #44

Water Area: 10 sq. mi. / 2.0%
State Water Area Rank: #39

Year Founded: 1779

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 44,939
State Population Rank: #58
County Seat: Rockingham

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Rockingham: 9,478





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 25-31

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-17
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 620'
River Basin(s): Yadkin-Pee Dee, Lumber
Tornadoes since 1950: 4

RICHMOND County

Land Area: 473.82 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #47

Water Area: 6.1 sq. mi. / 1.3%
State Water Area Rank: #50

Year Founded: 1779

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 95,776
State Population Rank: #29
County Seat: Carthage

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Pinehurst: 15,752
  • Southern Pines: 13,539





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-16
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 58-63°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 47-51"

Highest Elevation: 730'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear, Lumber
Tornadoes since 1950: 15

MOORE County

Land Area: 697.84 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #17

Water Area: 8 sq. mi. / 1.1%
State Water Area Rank: #54

Year Founded: 1784

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 59,616
State Population Rank: #45
County Seat: Sanford

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Sanford: 29,470






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 16-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 47-51"

Highest Elevation: 540'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 5

LEE County

Land Area: 254.96 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #89

Water Area: 4.1 sq. mi. / 1.6%
State Water Area Rank: #43

Year Founded: 1907

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 35,244
State Population Rank: #67
County Seat: Laurinburg

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Laurinburg: 15,774






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 25-31

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-17
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 46-50"

Highest Elevation: 480'
River Basin(s): Lumber
Tornadoes since 1950: 11

SCOTLAND County

Land Area: 318.85 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #79

Water Area: 1.5 sq. mi. / 0.5%
State Water Area Rank: #79

Year Founded: 1899

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 53,262
State Population Rank: #53
County Seat: Raeford

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Raeford: 4,882





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 22-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-16
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 44-48"

Highest Elevation: 550'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear, Lumber
Tornadoes since 1950: 10

HOKE County

Land Area: 390.74 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #66

Water Area: 1.6 sq. mi. / 0.4%
State Water Area Rank: #84

Year Founded: 1911

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 133,235
State Population Rank: #22
County Seat: Lumberton

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Lumberton: 21,823






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 19-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-17
  • Mean Hail Days: 6-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 46-50"

Highest Elevation: 240'
River Basin(s): Lumber
Tornadoes since 1950: 44

ROBESON County

Land Area: 949.22 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #1 (NC's largest county!)

Water Area: 1.8 sq. mi. / 0.2%
State Water Area Rank: #94

Year Founded: 1787

NWS Office: Wilmington, NC (ILM)

County Population: 327,127
State Population Rank: #5
County Seat: Fayetteville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Fayetteville: 204,408
  • Hope Mills: 16,248
  • Spring Lake: 13,037




Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 19-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 45-49"

Highest Elevation: 486'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear, Lumber
Tornadoes since 1950: 25

CUMBERLAND County

Land Area: 652.32 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #20

Water Area: 6.1 sq. mi. / 0.9%
State Water Area Rank: #60

Year Founded: 1754

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 63,124
State Population Rank: #42
County Seat: Clinton

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Clinton: 8,836





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 19-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-18
  • Mean Hail Days: 6-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 230'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 19

SAMPSON County

Land Area: 944.74 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #2

Water Area: 2 sq. mi. / 0.2%
State Water Area Rank: #94

Year Founded: 1784

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 124,150
State Population Rank: #25
County Seat: Goldsboro

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Goldsboro: 36,306






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 25-27

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 6-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 195'
River Basin(s): Neuse, Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 26

WAYNE County

Land Area: 553.09 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #30

Water Area: 3.8 sq. mi. / 0.7%
State Water Area Rank: #70

Year Founded: 1779

NWS Office: Raleigh, NC (RAH)

County Population: 21,168
State Population Rank: #80
County Seat: Snow Hill

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Snow Hill: 1,594





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 9-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 3-4
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 2-6
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 138'
River Basin(s): Neuse
Tornadoes since 1950: 19

GREENE County

Land Area: 265.93 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #85

Water Area: 0.5 sq. mi. / 0.2%
State Water Area Rank: #94

Year Founded: 1799

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 57,307
State Population Rank: #49
County Seat: Kinston

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Kinston: 21,641






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 14-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-6
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 48-52"

Highest Elevation: 164'
River Basin(s): Neuse
Tornadoes since 1950: 27

LENOIR County

Land Area: 400.59 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #61

Water Area: 2.2 sq. mi. / 0.6%
State Water Area Rank: #74

Year Founded: 1791

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 103,445
State Population Rank: #27
County Seat: New Bern

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • New Bern: 30,242
  • Havelock: 20,940





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 14-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 8-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-5
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 52-56"

Highest Elevation: 76'
River Basin(s): Neuse, White Oak
Tornadoes since 1950: 33

CRAVEN County

Land Area: 708.96 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #15

Water Area: 65 sq. mi. / 8.4%
State Water Area Rank: #16

Year Founded: 1705

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 12,821
State Population Rank: #91
County Seat: Bayboro

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Bayboro: 1,251





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 9-14

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 4-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-2
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 52-56"

Highest Elevation: 50'
River Basin(s): Neuse
Tornadoes since 1950: 14

PAMLICO County

Land Area: 336.54 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #77

Water Area: 230 sq. mi. / 41.0%
State Water Area Rank: #6

Year Founded: 1872

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 33,741
State Population Rank: #69
County Seat: Elizabethtown

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Elizabethtown: 3,634





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 19-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 8-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 3-6
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 49-53"

Highest Elevation: 170'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear, Lumber
Tornadoes since 1950: 23

BLADEN County

Land Area: 874.33 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #4

Water Area: 13 sq. mi. / 1.4%
State Water Area Rank: #48

Year Founded: 1734

NWS Office: Wilmington, NC (ILM)

County Population: 56,505
State Population Rank: #50
County Seat: Whiteville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Whiteville: 5,596





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 19-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 3-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 3-6
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 53-57"

Highest Elevation: 132'
River Basin(s): Lumber, Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 25

COLUMBUS County

Land Area: 937.29 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #3

Water Area: 16 sq. mi. / 1.7%
State Water Area Rank: #42

Year Founded: 1808

NWS Office: Wilmington, NC (ILM)

County Population: 126,953
State Population Rank: #24
County Seat: Bolivia

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Leland: 17,924






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 14-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 8-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 3-5
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 57-61"

Highest Elevation: 75'
River Basin(s): Lumber, Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 24

BRUNSWICK County

Land Area: 846.97 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #6

Water Area: 203 sq. mi. / 19.0%
State Water Area Rank: #12

Year Founded: 1764

NWS Office: Wilmington, NC (ILM)

County Population: 223,483
State Population Rank: #9
County Seat: Wilmington

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Wilmington: 115,933






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 14-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 8-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-5
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 57-61"

Highest Elevation: 75'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 17

NEW HANOVER County

Land Area: 191.53 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #99

Water Area: 137 sq. mi. / 42.0%
State Water Area Rank: #5

Year Founded: 1729

NWS Office: Wilmington, NC (ILM)

County Population: 59,090
State Population Rank: #46
County Seat: Burgaw

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Burgaw: 4,049





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 14-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 8-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 3-5
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 54-58"

Highest Elevation: 115'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 31

PENDER County

Land Area: 869.80 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #5

Water Area: 63 sq. mi. / 6.8%
State Water Area Rank: #17

Year Founded: 1875

NWS Office: Wilmington, NC (ILM)

County Population: 58,969
State Population Rank: #48
County Seat: Kenansville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Warsaw: 3,204





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 14-25

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 12-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 5-7
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 49-53"

Highest Elevation: 170'
River Basin(s): Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 38

DUPLIN County

Land Area: 816.22 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #9

Water Area: 5.5 sq. mi. / 0.7%
State Water Area Rank: #70

Year Founded: 1750

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 187,136
State Population Rank: #13
County Seat: Jacksonville

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • Jacksonville: 69,079






Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 5-14

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 8-12
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-5
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 53-57"

Highest Elevation: 34'
River Basin(s): White Oak, Cape Fear
Tornadoes since 1950: 45

ONSLOW County

Land Area: 762.74 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #12

Water Area: 143 sq. mi. / 16.0%
State Water Area Rank: #14

Year Founded: 1734

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 9,845
State Population Rank: #97
County Seat: Trenton

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Maysville: 1,023





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 14-19

  • Mean Tornado Days: 2-3
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 8-15
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-2
Mean Annual Temperature: 60-65°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 53-57"

Highest Elevation: 125'
River Basin(s): Neuse, White Oak
Tornadoes since 1950: 18

JONES County

Land Area: 470.71 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #49

Water Area: 2.5 sq. mi. / 0.5%
State Water Area Rank: #79

Year Founded: 1779

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

County Population: 68,890
State Population Rank: #38
County Seat: Beaufort

Cities with Population > 10,000:

  • None
  • Largest City - Morehead City: 9,437





Mean Annual Severe Weather Days: 5-14

  • Mean Tornado Days: 1-2
  • Mean Damaging Wind Days: 2-8
  • Mean Hail Days: 1-5
Mean Annual Temperature: 55-60°F
Mean Annual Precipitation: 56-60"

Highest Elevation: 51'
River Basin(s): White Oak, Neuse
Tornadoes since 1950: 63

CARTERET County

Land Area: 506.25 sq. mi.
State Land Area Rank: #42

Water Area: 834 sq. mi. / 62.0%
State Water Area Rank: #2

Year Founded: 1722

NWS Office: Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)

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