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'Triple H' weather is here to stay

Posted June 4, 2008

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— Wednesday marked the beginning of a very hot period that will likely last through the next week, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

The heat, along with a ridge of high pressure and some moisture in the atmosphere, could be enough to create a few thunderstorms late Wednesday, Fishel said. The few that develop could become quite potent with large hail, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and frequent cloud-to -ground lightning expected out of the severe cells.

That chance is only slight, however, and should be over by about 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. In most areas of the Triangle, Wednesday night will be muggy and warm – the three summertime Hs of hot, humid and hazy.

Dangerous heat moves in over the next few days, with highs in the 90s and overnight lows only dipping to the low 70s, Fishel said. The heat index could reach 100 each day.

The intermediate forecast offers no relief. Dangerous heat remains through the weekend and into next week, with heat index values in the 104- to 107-degree range and no cooling rain in sight.

Stifling heat decreases air quality, and will bring the first Ozone Action Day of the season. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued a "Code Orange" alert for Thursday in the Triangle, the Triad, Charlotte and Rocky Mount.

Those with chronic breathing problems or people who are sensitive to air pollution may find it harder to breathe, especially in the afternoon, when ozone levels in the air peak.

Anyone who needs to be outdoors should take precautions in the heat. The National Weather Service advises drinking plenty of water, wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and taking frequent breaks from work or exercise.


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  • Leonardo Jun 4, 2008

    EJD_27312, Oh My, Conservative, hi_i_am_wade...

    Who the heck are you criticizing? Nobody here suggested that the hot weather was the result of global warming. It's June...it's North Carolina...of course it's going to be hot.

    What you people here are presenting is a prime example of a "straw man" argument, and it's typical of global warming deniers.

  • Made In USA Jun 4, 2008

    This is what I've been waiting for! Them bass will be waiting on my Carolina rig come this weekend. Yeap...deep they will go. And my little GPS has about 12 hotspots on Jordan that will house them monster babies!! Wooohoooo....I LOVE summertime! From deep roadbeds to deep points to them offshore humps....I'm a coming to ya ya scaly rascals.

  • teach4er Jun 4, 2008

    I hate upper 90s weather. I am sick of it already. I know this spring was too good to be true.

  • usharrisons Jun 4, 2008

    I'm MELTING!!! I'm MELTING!!! - Wicked Witch of the West

  • l-rae17 Jun 4, 2008

    Gonna be hot as hades tailgating for Jimmy Buffett on Saturday...more like melting away in Margaritaville :(

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Jun 4, 2008

    I think Elizabeth Gardner is responsible for this weather.

  • ecbrady Jun 4, 2008

    I bet we have the drought monitor gauge back on the front page of the WRAL website by Monday.

  • lauraleigh Jun 4, 2008

    Well done, Wade! A friend of mine has been sharing data of the same nature with me for a couple years now - mini-ice age, etc. It's fascinating stuff - but we are such a sophisticated people we think we're supposed to control everything... sigh

  • lauraleigh Jun 4, 2008

    I still haven't figured out how Gramma managed, with dresses to her neck, long sleeves, long skirts, multiple petticoats, and no electricity to run fans until 1949 in this community! (I live in a Tin Can - mobile home - and have no a/c - It's my Personal Sauna, and I love it.)

  • hi_i_am_wade Jun 4, 2008

    For those who still think Al Gore is right and that the science is settled, please view this link: http://petitionproject.org/

    Yes, it has been hotter than normal. But that doesn't mean humans are the cause. People were saying it we were going to burn up in the 1920's, how did that work out? Then people said were going to freeze in the 1970's, how did that work out? Actually, the Southern Hemisphere is freezing, and has been super cold for a few years now. Just last year, the Antarctic had a record amount of sea ice, DESPITE having an active volcano under it.

    The cycle pendulum is going to swing back to the cold side soon. If you spend some time looking up weather history, you see that there are hot and cold cycles. We are in the hot cycle. Globally, 2008 is going to be cooler than 2007. You can thank a persistent La Nina for our too warm temperatures, while La Nina caused bitter cold in most of the world.