'Delightful air' to follow scattered severe storms

Posted June 25, 2012

— A powerful cold front produced some strong to severe thunderstorms Monday evening as it moved through central North Carolina, said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

Several northern and eastern North Carolina counties, including Wake, were under a severe thunderstorm watch until 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The storms brought cloud-to-ground lightning and very heavy rainfall to parts of Wake, Johnston, Wayne and Wilson counties Monday night, Maze said.

But starting Tuesday, the fast-moving cold front will bring a brief mid-week respite from the steamy, muggy heat.

"Once the front moves on by, we're in for some delightful air," Maze said.

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The high temperature climbed to 93 degrees Monday, marking the seventh time highs reached the 90s in the last eight days. But the coming cold front – once it clears overnight – will set up a two-day break from the hot weather.

Temperatures will top out around 80 degrees Tuesday as less humid air moves into the area, and highs will stay in the mid-80s Wednesday as sunshine dominates.

"We could be in for some rough weather Monday night thanks to this front, but it's really going to be nice once it clear out," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "You'll notice a major difference in the humidity and overnight lows could be in the 50s by Wednesday morning."

Following the brief respite from summertime heat during the middle of the week, high temperatures will creep back into the upper 90s by the weekend, topping out as high as 98 degrees on Saturday. Central North Carolina normally sees high temperatures in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees in late June, Gardner said. 

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"Enjoy the middle of the week, because high temperatures are going to be close to records by the end of the week and over the weekend," Gardner said. 

Slow-moving Debbie won't impact NC before weekend

Tropical Storm Debby, which formed Saturday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico and has crept toward the Florida panhandle the last 36 hours, isn't likely to impact North Carolina's weather during the work week, Gardner said. 

The storm's slow progress dumped several inches of rain across Florida Saturday and Sunday, and some areas could see rainfall totals top 20 inches by week's end. 

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"The rain is certainly the biggest issue with this storm right now, and it is trying to push showers up into Georgia and the Carolinas, but the center of circulation isn't really moving at all," Gardner said. "There is only so much it can do."

Debby was moving northeast at 5 mph Monday afternoon and was about 90 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Fla., some 600 miles southwest of Raleigh. 

"It looks like Debby could creep toward the Florida peninsula, but it might not make landfall until sometime Thursday or even Friday," she said. "It's going to sit and dump huge amounts of rain across Florida, Alabama and parts of Louisiana until then."


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  • Tricky Dick is Not A Crook Jun 25, 2012

    I was watching the 4pm on news on another channel and Chris mentioned there was a chance, but he thought it was unlikely, and most if any storms would be well to the ne of the triangle. At least somebody got it right!

  • jmf1073 4.0 Jun 25, 2012

    Around these parts we refer to it as brime.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 25, 2012

    "For the group that invariably comments, "WRAL weather is always wrong"...why keep watching? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting something different. Watch someplace else and stop dirtying up the comment areas here with your negative attitude..."

    We call 'em like we see 'em, and this is a public forum for doing just that.

  • Uhavenoclu Jun 25, 2012

    For the group that invariably comments, "WRAL weather is always wrong"...why keep watching? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting something different. Watch someplace else and stop dirtying up the comment areas here with your negative attitude...

    Oh we don't watch..we READ...TV is bad for you..Knowledge comes from reading and experience,not watch American Idol wannabe junk......It's very windy where I am in the bright sunshine and green trees and fields..awww,Life is Good.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 25, 2012

    Sure is messy driving out here. The sunshine glaring off my hubcaps is fairly blinding me and others trying to drive around me. Take caution if driving in my vicinity.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 25, 2012

    brine, brined, brin·ing.

    1. water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt.

    2. a salt and water solution for pickling.

    3. the sea or ocean.

    4. the water of the sea.

    5. Chemistry . any saline solution.

    6. to treat with or steep in brine.

    That's brine with an "N"

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 25, 2012

    jmf - "Time to spread some brime."

    It's not brime, it's brine, i.e. salt.

    Lord only knows what brime is.

  • jmf1073 4.0 Jun 25, 2012

    Time to spread some brime. Headed to the store to stock up and milk and bread.

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 25, 2012

    Tricky Dick - "I think there is a higher probability of a snow storm during the commute tonight."

    Or a lobster stampede.

    "The lobsters are lose! The lobsters are lose!"