Hot, sticky weather kindles severe storms

Posted July 23, 2012

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— A severe thunderstorm quickly sprang up northeast of Chapel Hill Monday afternoon, threatening several central North Carolina counties with heavy rain and damaging winds, according to WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

Lightning appears to be the cause of a house fire on Hoboken Court in Apex, police said.

Wake County emergency dispatchers have also taken calls about lightning fires at a Midwood Drive outbuilding and houses on Legacy Oaks Drive and Hinton Oaks Drive.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Alamance, Orange, Durham, Granville, Wake, Harnett, Lee, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wilson and Chatham counties.

The storm popped up in Alamance County around 5 p.m. before advancing into other areas along the Interstate 40 corridor.

Another summer storm rolled into Moore, Montgomery and Richmond counties southwest of Raleigh, according to the National Weather Service.

Storms are a side effect of typical July weather, which kicked off another week of hot and sticky conditions in central North Carolina Monday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"It’s going to be awfully hot and awfully sticky for the next seven days, with a chance of thunderstorms each of the next seven days," Gardner said. "Just July weather for us."

With high temperatures climbing to around 95 degrees Monday, Wake County school officials decided to cancel the first day of school at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School due to a malfunctioning air conditioning system. The school is scheduled to open Tuesday.

"Easily, for a good chunk of the afternoon, it's going to feel like 100 to 105 degrees," Gardner said.

Monday afternoon and evening will see a 30 to 40 percent chance of isolated storms. Those chances will grow to 60 to 70 percent late Tuesday afternoon, and some storms could be severe, with high winds, hail, lightning and locally heavy rain.

"These thunderstorms that pop up this week will be widely scattered and should not produce a lot of widespread rain," Gardner said.

This past weekend, lightning from similar storms sparked a fire that ruined a house at 559 Jamestown Road in Pittsboro.

The heat will also keep up throughout the week.

Chatham County fire Lightning-sparked fire ruins Chatham County home

The daily highs will see-saw between the mid and upper 90s, and Tuesday will be within striking distance of the daily record of 99 degrees, set in 2010. Often, the heat index will make it as if it's over 100 degrees.

"Really, we don't have much of anything coming to give us a break this week. It's just going to be hot and sticky," Gardner said.


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  • oleguy Jul 23, 2012

    I know I know,,,, The rail fell at a high altutde, and disipated before it hit the ground, cant spell when excited, I knew the ans...

  • jblake1932 Jul 23, 2012

    icontrol radar shows rain coming, then going over our area, and no rain fell! It was dark green on the radar! What gives? Does it need TUNING?? It took about 20 min. to pass and nothing!

  • oleguy Jul 23, 2012

    Wimps,, I remember BaB BAL,, I do remember before AC, and I still sit outside often and enjoy the breeze, even at 99 deg,,, I do have AC but it is set at 84/82 most of the time, at night I set it on 81/82.. People get ready theres a train a comming,,,Better get used to warm or hot,,, My utilities were 139 last mo. I can pay that,,, No way would I ever run a bill to 300.00 plus,,, You better save that money for food,,
    Its comming,,,Keep your guns loaded and a hole dug and a bag of lime,,, Think about it

  • carrboroyouth Jul 23, 2012

    TWSS :]

  • Mr. Sensible Jul 23, 2012

    if you people that talk negative about weather forecasts only knew anything about all the variables involved you'd go hide in shame.

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  • gallbury Jul 23, 2012

    Does one have to have a degree in Meteorology to work at the weather center at WRAL?

  • adp9378 Jul 23, 2012

    I have never posted on here before because half the time people's comments just make no sense. As for walences comments about year round school, you make absolutely no sense at all. First off, year round school is in air conditioned buildings. No different than your office building. Secondly, in order to accomodate the influx of transplants into the area, this is one way to allow a school to exceed their maximum capacity without comprimise. A school can have hundreds more students because of the track outs. Third and what makes me actually write this, is that your comment about kids working for the summer, I agree that young adults need to get jobs. However, the only year round schools are elementary and middle schools. Those students can't even work, they are too young. We no longer live in an agricultural society. Jeez are people really this naive?

  • klink Jul 23, 2012

    I am ready for October/November....beautiful weather, football, and hockey!

  • houseonsister Jul 23, 2012

    And just what did you all expect when you put so many magnets that close to a piece of electrical equipment?