Abnormally cool temps arrive ahead of wet weekend

Posted August 15, 2013

— Temperatures were well below normal early Thursday across central and eastern North Carolina, with some areas seeing morning lows dip into the upper 50s. 

Thanks to clouds associated with a stationary cold front south and east of the Triangle, much of the region will stay cool for the next several days. The front will also produce rain showers as early as Friday morning, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

"Areas south and east of our viewing area could see rain sprinkles and showers Thursday because of their proximity to the front, and the entire area will get wet Friday, Saturday and probably Sunday as well," she said. "It's really going to be a soaker the next several days."

By noon on Thursday, the high had only reached the mid-70s at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, 10 to 15 degrees below normal for mid-August. Spots north and west of the Triangle will likely see more sunshine, while areas to the south and east will likely see more clouds.

On Friday, as rain showers become more abundant, temperatures will struggle to reach the low 70s.

"We could start to see showers become more widespread as early as the Friday morning commute," Gardner said. "Those chances will increase throughout the day and linger into the weekend."

Daytime highs will return to the mid-70s Saturday and then return to the low 80s Sunday, when rain chances will diminish for some areas. Rainfall totals could top 1 to 2 inches in the Triangle, and spots in the southeastern portion of the state could see more, Gardner said.

By the beginning of the work week, highs will return to the mid-80s. 

"We'll get back into our summer pattern with warm temperatures and scattered afternoon showers next week, but the next few days are going to stay abnormal as this front lingers."

Erin forms in eastern Atlantic

Tropical Storm Erin formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean early Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm, which is southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, has maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph. 

Forecasters predict additional strengthening during the next few days. Hurricane and flags WRAL Hurricane Center with interactive tracker

"This storm is way out in the Atlantic Ocean, and it's moving pretty slowly," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "It's something we're not too worried about right now, but we'll definitely be tracking this storm over the next several days.".

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern Cape Verde Islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava.

The storm is centered about 65 miles west-southwest of Brava and is moving west-northwest near 14 mph.


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  • tobywilliamson1973 Aug 16, 2013

    Told yall they would change the percentages again. It will change again today before nite fall, just watch.

  • independent_thinker Aug 15, 2013

    Irony - the crowd that believes the Earth is 6,000 years old lecturing about 10,000 year climate cycles.

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    What I find amusing is that number 1, people think the climate is broken and number 2 that they have the means to fix whatever it is they think is broken. It works like this: over the short term, Weather changes, over the long term climate changes. The climate is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. Maybe we can connect a grappling hook to another planet and drag the earth further away from the Sun. Then if it gets to cold we connect to another planet and drag the earth back closer.

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    I like all the strawman arguments and epithets that always pop up over AGW. Look, no is "denying science" or that climate change isn't real. It is. In this period, in about 1500 year cycles.

    I am denying your assumptions about its cause and the ridiculous, ill-conceived world government power grabs you deem necessary to "fix it".

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    toby, it's says 90%. I want whatever it is you're smoking.

  • tobywilliamson1973 Aug 15, 2013

    One minute a 90% of rain for Fri., the next a 20% chance. Whats it gonna be?

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    Another cloudy, rainy weekend. Ugh.

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    This is a made-to-order today. Carolina blue it!

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    djhart-"Flawed, and invalid analogy. Cancer is a known, identified entity whose cause and effect are generally well understood."

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