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A note on the weather

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If you've felt like it's been unusually cold and wet in Charlotte this winter, that's because it has been. National Weather Service meteorologist John Tomko says atmospheric changes in the north Atlantic have pushed colder air to the Carolinas. The average temperature has been five degrees colder than normal. Tomko says it's also the 7th-wettest winter in Charlotte history. Charlotte typically receives nine inches of rain and snow through mid-February. This winter, we've received 15. Tomko blames the El Nino effect in the Pacific Ocean. The wet weather should continue through the spring. So, should we be worried? "Absolutely. An El Nino pattern is a flooding pattern in this part of the country. Especially the mountains of the Carolinas and northeast Georgia. And we're already wet so that's something we're going to have to be on guard for," says Tomko. But, depending on what you think of summer, there could be relief on the way. Tomko says June, July and August are expected to be hotter than usual.