Hail storms pound central NC

Posted May 23, 2012

Low pressure that brought severe thunderstorms to an area south of the Triangle moved to the north Wednesday, bringing large hail, high winds and lightning strikes, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Residents from Raeford and Pinehurst north to Clayton and Raleigh reported hail at up to golf ball size that pelted cars and accumulated in grassy patches.

The chance for storms extended from mid-afternoon through early evening as the heat of the day peaked then dissipated. Wake and Johnston counties were included in a severe thunderstorm warning issued at 3:30 p.m. by the National Weather Service. That warning was lifted at 5:30 p.m., but conditions remain ripe for storms throughout the evening.

Damaging straight-line winds were also possible with Wednesday's storms, especially in areas along and east of Interstate 95. Hail Storm Summer storms bring hail to Triangle

While some saw storms, others were under sunny skies Wednesday afternoon.

"We're going to see these pop-up variety thunderstorms that fire up as our temperatures go up this afternoon," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.  

According to the National Weather Service, penny-and-dime-sized hail and winds of up to 45 mph were associated with storms that dumped heavy rain on the Triangle Tuesday afternoon. 

"With the muggy air and warm temperatures, Wednesday's forecast is essentially a replay of what we saw yesterday," Gardner said. "Expect these storms to be dying out by 8 p.m. tonight." Radar Reflectivity iControl Interactive Doppler Radar

The weather service posted a start watch, meaning conditions are ripe for severe weather, across the eastern half of the state through 9 p.m.

Thursday's forecast is similar, but showers and storms will likely be more widely scattered as high temperatures top out in the upper 80s. 

By Friday, a ridge of high pressure will move into the area to set up beautiful weather for the holiday weekend. Temperatures could reach the 90s Saturday and Sunday, with much of central North Carolina seeing partly cloudy conditions.


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  • sammyg May 24, 2012

    Love it, variousgood!

  • jblake1932 May 23, 2012

    Send this story to the folks out in the Plain States and they will say "GEESHHH" too. All hype just like the 1/2 inch snowfall that will shut down Raleigh. COme on guys, lighten up!

  • rescuefan May 23, 2012

    I guess WRAL did get it right. Where are the doubters now? We had marble sized hail in North Raleigh near Millbrook and Atlantic Avenue around 4:30 and then a torrential downpour. I'm glad my car didn't get damaged, though I may have lost one tomato plant since I wasn't here to cover them.

  • awomnsptofview May 23, 2012

    jblake1932: I would say there was more than a little bit of hail. If it had fallen on your car and dented it up, it would be more of a story to you. In your own words...GEEEESH!

  • smegma May 23, 2012

    -not impressed til this caption includes the word "CRASHING!!!"

  • itsmyownopinion May 23, 2012

    I laughed when I saw the weather alert because the sun was shining here, not a cloud in sight. A short time later hail was falling that I thought was going to break my windows. It sounded like rocks falling on the roof. It scared my cats. I'm glad I was not out driving.

  • margaretwoodlief May 23, 2012

    We had 1/4 to 1/2 inch hail in Bedford at Falls River off Falls of Neuse Road ending just moments ago.

  • jblake1932 May 23, 2012

    A little hail falls and it makes the top story! GEESSSH!!

  • miswiggie May 23, 2012

    We had some thunder and a bit of wind near Six Forks and Lynn Road, but that's about it! Only lasted a few minutes. :(

  • pinkuh May 23, 2012

    We just had golf-ball sized hail here at 40/42... It was slow compared to the rest but super loud.