Stormy pattern settles into place

Posted June 28, 2013

— Clouds gathered into frightening shapes again Friday afternoon, as a line of fast-moving thunderstorms swept across central North Carolina, capping a week of roller-coaster weather.

No serious damage had been reported by the time skies had cleared over Raleigh around 8 p.m. Rainbow in Middlesex Rainbows follow Friday storms

Friday's high temperatures topped 90 degrees, and the heat index pushed 100 in some parts of the state. The warm, humid weather gave way to thunder and lightning, localized, brief downpours and high winds as day turned to evening.

The severe weather was short-lived, as the storms were moving at upwards of 30 mph. Winds were measured at almost 70 mph near Rougemont at 5:35 p.m.

A similar weather pattern presents the potential for afternoon storms each day during the coming week, according to WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

Storms on Saturday will be more widely scattered before the intensity picks up again for Sunday and Monday.

When the work week returns, the daytime heat will abate a bit, with temperatures staying in the mid-80s.

Those headed to the North Carolina beaches or mountains for the Fourth of July won't escape the storms. The forecast in those areas is much the same – muggy days with the chance for rain at greater than 50 percent each afternoon.


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  • DaddysAngel27 Jun 28, 2013

    Here in StanHope fire district has gotten pretty bad. That one lightening strike was way too close to my home. ):

  • Cock a doodle doo Jun 28, 2013

    I'm finally getting my monies worth for my monthly lawn service payment! The lawn service is having to be out here every 3 days to maintain my lawn. I asked the supervisor last night if he just wanted to camp out in the pool house. He said they have had to hire extra help just because it has been so wet this year.

  • jblake1932 Jun 28, 2013

    Also, the storm contained very little wind.

  • StarvingArtist Jun 28, 2013

    Weather forcast for the next 3 months.........."Chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms".

    This accurate forecast could put the meteorologists out of work for the summer! :)

  • Six String Jun 28, 2013

    I need some dry time to mow the lawn -- can't we legislate some dry weather?

  • living the dream Jun 28, 2013

    Weather forcast for the next 3 months..........

    "Chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms".

    Plan your outdoor activities in the morning if possible.

  • DaddysAngel27 Jun 28, 2013

    My new trees that I planted about 2 weeks ago having been loving this rain...

  • jblake1932 Jun 28, 2013

    I'm gonna start the sprinklers in the garden anyway. It won't amount to much in the way of rain. A little wind, maybe a leaf or two blown around, thats about it.

  • barry0429 Jun 28, 2013

    My yard is loving this :)

  • wkropnick Jun 28, 2013

    It's called weather. Happens all the time. When was it, around the early 90's when "weather" all of a sudden became "news" Ah well, it's payroll and at least someone has a job out of it.