1. When you walk outside in the morning and the brutal cold hits you out of absolutely nowhere.
As shorter days approach, the sun sets sooner and rises later. This causes temperatures to drop even lower through the night and into the morning, past the time when Leesville's first period begins. The absence of the sun forces students to face the harsh temperatures on the way to class.
2. You need a parka in the morning, but by the time school gets out you might as well be in a swimsuit.
Raleigh weather is never predictable, especially between seasons. In the morning, students often bundle up for the cold but as the day progresses, the temperatures generally rise past 70. The rapid change causes high schoolers to trade in their jackets and scarves for shorts and sandals.
3. The realization that hurricane season doesn't end until November.
June 1 to November 30 is commonly defined as "Atlantic Hurricane Season," a time when tropical storms and hurricanes are most likely to develop in the Atlantic Ocean. In 2017, multiple powerful hurricanes slammed the East coast and South of the United States and destroyed millions of homes and other buildings. The season poses a threat to Raleigh residents until almost the holiday season.
4. Checking the weather app on your phone only to see the forecast for today is 52 degrees, cloudy, and 17 MPH wind while tomorrow is 79 and clear skies.
Raleigh is known for many things, but the most infamous may be the extremely indecisive weather. The forecast is known to not follow a pattern and even meteorologists have a hard time predicting what the weather will do. Students frequently struggle with deciding what to wear or how to make plans for the future because of the constant change of the forecast.
5. When it's definitely cold enough to snow but it doesn't and you still have school.
Once it gets into the later fall and wintertime in Raleigh, temperatures frequently drop into the 30s and 40s. Although it's possible for it to snow when the temperature is 32 degrees or lower, North Carolina almost never sees snow until January of the following year. This can be especially frustrating for students hoping for a break off of school instead of facing the harsh temperatures everyday.
6. When fall and winter are supposed to be extremely dry, but the humidity in Raleigh never goes away.
Not only is Raleigh's weather unpredictable, it's also exceedingly humid almost every single day. One would think that this would bring snow to the Triangle area, yet the ground doesn't see a single drop of frozen precipitation for months after the transition into the winter season. Nevertheless, North Carolina's humidity is tremendously persistent and troubles Raleigh residents for many weeks of the year.