Lightning strikes, skies open, temperatures drop

Posted July 9, 2012
Updated July 10, 2012

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— Showers and thunderstorms expected to linger across central North Carolina on Tuesday will bring a soggy end to a record-shattering string of 100-degree days in North Carolina.

"We have a cold front that is slowly sagging south across the state," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. "Behind the front, the air is so much cooler."

A high of 85 is forecast for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, giving way to slightly higher temperatures over the weekend. 

But the extreme heat didn't go without a fight. Severe thunderstorms that marched across the region Monday evening caused flash flooding and lightning. Radar Reflectivity iControl Interactive Doppler Radar

There were reports of flooding along Interstate 40 in Greensboro, with 20 to 30 cars partially submerged. And lightning sparked a fire at a house on Woodchase Green Drive in Fuquay Varina. Neighbors reported hearing a loud bang before someone noticed a fire in the attic. No one was hurt.

Maze said temperatures should stay in the double digits for a while. The low 90s, a seasonal norm, return by next Sunday.

"We'll have lots of clouds, scattered showers and storms clear through Friday, but that will keep the big heat at bay," Maze said.

The chances for rain and storms will rise on Tuesday, reaching nearly 90 percent in the late afternoon.

By Saturday, average rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches will have fallen across central and eastern North Carolina, with locally heavy amounts up to 4 to 5 inches.


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  • Glorytown Jul 9, 2012

    Hooo Hooo! HEAVY rain and STRONG winds in Warrenton. Lightening strikes every 5 seconds or so.

  • storchheim Jul 9, 2012

    Huge bank of dark blue clouds coming in from the Northeast, no wind, no rain yet...N Gvl Co

  • PanthersFan45 Jul 9, 2012

    I don't mind seeing the rain after all these 100 degree days. Plus my car needs a good wash.

  • mfarmer1 Jul 9, 2012

    I think we need to build a large Sunscreen for earth and park it in earth's orbit to cool down this planet. If not we should think about renaming it Creamatoria (Crematoria is a planet in the Igneon System, it is noteworthy for its extreme temperatures).

  • geosol Jul 9, 2012

    katywhy9 - The post you're referring to was intended to be sarcasm. I know its hard to tell sometimes when you read the posts of the right wingers here, but sometimes you've just got to have a little fun with 'em!

  • mobleystephanie07 Jul 9, 2012

    #snuggle weather :)

  • storchheim Jul 9, 2012

    Darn it all, still nothing but clouds and hot dry wind in N Granville Co. At least the grass stopped growing.

    Gonna go out and mist the little mama sparrow and her babies up in the carport rafters.

  • Skywatch_NC Jul 9, 2012

    Bring on the rain, baby!

  • Obama our Savior Jul 9, 2012

    Not a drop in northern Wake county. Might have to revise the 4 inch rainfall total for the week down to 0.4 inches. lol

  • katywhy9 Jul 9, 2012


    It is funny reading your comments, because YOU have no clue. Check your facts. Funny you think records for weather have only been kept for 10 years but you know that your adam and eve were subject to scorchers!