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Unsettled summer weather puts extra stress on event planners

Posted August 9, 2012
Updated August 10, 2012

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— Concert and event planners always have a tough job, but summertime weather in the Triangle often makes it even tougher. 

That scenario played out perfectly in central North Carolina Friday evening, as scattered storms forced the cancellation of a concert in Durham while having no impact on two other events in the area.

Valerie Ward, events and public relations manager for the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, said summertime storms and constantly changing weather put extra stress on event planners and organizers. 

"I spend a lot of times looking at the weather, at weather maps," Ward said Friday after cancelling Friday's Music on the Lawn series that was supposed to feature John Howie Jr. and Rosewood Bluff. "It is extremely stressful, but the safety of the public is first and foremost in our minds."

Two events in Wake County went on as planned Friday evening. Country music fans poured into the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion to see Rascal Flatts while music and a movie at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary went on despite weather concerns. 

A cold front moving into the area on Saturday could continue to cause problems for those with outdoor plans this weekend, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. 

"It's going to be a soggy Saturday," he said. "Our chance for rain at lunchtime will already be around 90 percent and we could see storms throughout the evening hours."

Storm chances could also impact the HighSchoolOt.com Jamboree at Southeast Raleigh High School, Maze said.

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  • Keyboard cat Aug 10, 2012

    Wind: NW at 65 mph

    7-day update for next Fri. ...going to be a gusty day, so hold onto your hat! ;)

    Woah! You weren't kidding about the wind next Friday. Must be a surprise tropical storm in our future. I'm going to buy a kite this weekend in anticipation of next week's wind event.

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 10, 2012

    Thanks to weather call we were home when a recent storm came roaring through and snapped 8 of our big oaks and a pine about 3 or 4 feet from the base of the trunk like they were twigs. The weather team may not be right all of the time, but I am thankful for the times when they are right and we are able to prepare. As the old saying goes: "better safe than sorry."

    We subscribe to weather call and greatly appreciate that service, too. :)

  • mishshell Aug 10, 2012

    You people (WRAL) cannot get it straight!!!

  • rupertmary Aug 10, 2012

    Thanks to weather call we were home when a recent storm came roaring through and snapped 8 of our big oaks and a pine about 3 or 4 feet from the base of the trunk like they were twigs. The weather team may not be right all of the time, but I am thankful for the times when they are right and we are able to prepare. As the old saying goes: "better safe than sorry."

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 10, 2012

    Wind: NW at 65 mph

    7-day update for next Fri. ...going to be a gusty day, so hold onto your hat! ;)

  • rupertmary Aug 10, 2012

    Hit wrong button on tablet. Sorry I
    did not get to finish.

  • rupertmary Aug 10, 2012

    I know the weather team can't be right all of the time,but what about the time they are right. A few weeks ago,on a Tuesday afternoon, my husband and I were in Walmart in Knightdale when we got our weather call about severe weather headed our way. We hurried home to unplug our electric fence charger. We were home when
    N the storm rolled tgrough snapping 8 of our huge oaks and a pinelike the were twigs.

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 10, 2012

    hail bruised legs? really, chat that bull in the teenage chat rooms

    No, not bull at all. In fact a week or two ago some people watching a parade in a part of southern Indiana were caught in a severe t-storm and were injured by large hail.

  • dpcs71 Aug 10, 2012

    I just read on WRAL , mike maze said "maybe tomorrow". Got a suggestion, just predict chance for T'storms and issue warnings if, in th event there are severe ones at that time. 2 days out predicting severe summer weather is pretty much futile.

  • Mon Account Aug 10, 2012

    Pet peeve: people... turn on your dang headlights while it's raining. Or turn your lights to 'automatic'. It's not hard and makes it a ton easier to see you driving while you are texting and eating a snack.

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