Friday's fast storms presage weekend weather

Posted May 4, 2012

— Dispatchers in Halifax County took calls Friday evening about power knocked out and trees toppled by fast-moving thunderstorms. A tree fell across White Swan Road about a mile east of Enfield, authorities said, but no one was injured.

The storms signaled the end of a blast of heat that bathed the Triangle in 90-degree temperatures over the past few days.

Much more normal temperatures will follow a cool front into the area this weekend, according to WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.   White Squirrel a-Maze-ing weather photos Oct. 2013

"It looks cooler and wetter this weekend, with Saturday pretty rainy from mid-day on," Fishel said.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said Saturday was shaping up to be a wet one from about noon until 8 or 9 p.m. "We'll see a heavy rain, some lightning and the potential for winds gusting in excess of 50 mph," he said.

If the clouds clear by midnight Saturday, stargazers will get a double treat, with the ETA Aquarid meteor shower hitting its peek and the "super moon," a popular name for the "perigee moon," out in full force.

Because the moon's orbit is more of an oval than a circle, the moon will be closer to the Earth than normal and appear about 15 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter Saturday night. 

Sunday will be mostly dry, Fishel said, but a fair amount of clouds will dominate and temperatures will stay much cooler, with highs only around 80 degrees.

"Sunday will be a distinct difference from what we've seen over the past couple of days," Maze said, pointing to a forecast high that barely tops 80 degrees.

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast


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  • muggs May 4, 2012

    Did I miss something or has spring come and gone?

  • smegma May 4, 2012

    all day the article on the main page was heat continues thru the weekend

  • jblake1932 May 4, 2012

    Glad to see the Fish back, now we can get some reliable forecasting!!!!!!!

  • mkw4444 May 4, 2012

    I suppose that "hitting its peek (sic)" might be a clever play on words but it is probably just poor editing.

  • Hammerhead May 4, 2012

    Amby, I'll bring the beverages :)
    I've got a ton to do this weekend, can't wait to get after it.

  • Uhavenoclu May 4, 2012

    Man I wish winter would get here it's too hot.Come on winter.

  • jmf1073 2.0 May 4, 2012

    Ambygirl, give me your address. I'm coming over.

  • PanthersFan45 May 4, 2012

    I was thinking about walking some trails at one of the local parks here in Raleigh. I guess that means a thermos half-filled with water & ice would be a good idea.

  • Ambygirl May 4, 2012

    The pool will be up Saturday! Yea!!! Happy Hot Weather everyone!! Woo Hoo!