Heat Breaking Triangle Records

Posted October 8, 2007

— Record-breaking temperatures, more reminiscent of summer than fall, hit the Triangle Monday,  and they were forecast again for Tuesday, as a high-pressure system moves through North Carolina.

The temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport reached a high of 93 degrees Monday– 20 degrees above the normal 73 degrees for this time of the year. Temperatures in Durham also reached 93, and they soared to 91 in Fayetteville.

Tuesday's high was forecast to be 92 degrees, and temperatures along the coast and the mountains were expected to be in the 80s.

Before Monday, the recorded highs at Raleigh-Durham International Airport were 87 degrees, for Oct. 8, and 88 degrees, for Oct. 9, both set in 1990.

"By the time you get into the middle of September you, typically, are almost done (with such warm temperatures)," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "We may end up with more than 80 days at 90-plus (degrees). The previous record was 72 (days). It really has been an exceptionally warm fall."

But a gradual cool-down could put temperatures closer to normal for the fall by the end of the week, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

A long-range outlook prepared by the National Weather Service indicates temperatures could climb above normal again by mid-October.

"We've never seen temperatures that warm in October, at least since we started keeping records many, many years ago," Gardner said.

The 2007 heat wave also has broken a record for the most days with temperatures in the 90s in a single year, and Monday also was the latest day in the year that it reached 90 or above.

That record is likely to fall on Tuesday.


Please with your account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • taylor boy Oct 9, 2007

    Yeah new records. Now lets break a record on breaking a drought. Pray to your Gods for rain.

  • seeingthru Oct 9, 2007

    does this mean I must sell my fur coats??

  • hi_i_am_wade Oct 9, 2007

    You must ask yourself, why do meteorologist (including ones that work at CNN) not believe in climate change? I saw a video clip of the CNN meteorologist calling Al Gore's movie fiction. The only ones who are hoodwinked are the ones who believe in global warming. There is far far more money in climate change research than anti-climate change groups. If the weather is fine, that money dries up faster than our reservoirs. Please read this links: Jupiter getting warmer (, Neptune's moon getting warmer (, Mars getting warmer (, Pluto getting warmer ( These facts are real inconvenient for Al Gore.

  • JohnnyMalaria Oct 9, 2007

    WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot - "If you don't believe that global warming is taking place then you are living in denial."

    You have been hoodwinked by the political machinations of the World Bank and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). According to them (and so the news media, government policies etc), carbon dioxide is the primary cause of global warming and that humans contribute significantly to it. Well, guess what? IT ISN'T. Just two words explain why: WATER VAPOR. The human global warming scaremongerers NEVER include water vapor in they arguments. They claim that CO2 contributes 72.4% to global warming, with 2.3% from humans. BUT - water vapor contributes 95%, with 3.6% due to CO2. Humans contribute 0.28% to the greenhouse effect - AN INSIGNIFICANT AMOUNT THAT WILL COST UNTOLD TRILLIONS TO "PUT RIGHT".

    "It's the sun, stupid." Heating the oceans, increasing water vapor levels. Is global warming happening? Yes - but due to natural reasons. Dee Dee-Dee.

  • North Carolina Native Oct 9, 2007

    I can remember going years without snow as a kid and remember one year when I was about 7 wearing short sleeves on Christmas. I can remember going to the Fair and it being so hot all you wanted to do is sit somewhere and drink something. It doesn't seem to be so different now.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot Oct 9, 2007

    If you don't believe that global warming is taking place then you are living in denial. It used to snow every year where I grew up and now most years there's little if any snow at all. That was over 25 years ago which indicates not a cyclical rotation but a single event.

    Wake up, grow up whatever you need to do and ask yourself. Even if it wasn't happening (which it is) would it hurt to take action and do something?

  • Dil Oct 9, 2007

    Step away from the politics, look at the reserach, and I think *most* reasonable people will see that something is definitely up. Man has definitely caused a shift in what goes into the atmosphere. Are we the onlt thing that has ever done that? No, of course not. HAs the earh gone through earlier periods of extreme change? Of course. But still, we are now causing a significant impact, and understanding what that impact is, and what the future ramifications are of that impact is, to me at least, critically important at this juncture. Some of the knee jerk responses just depress me.

    So... I am going to deal with that depression by continuing to drive my motorcycle (75 mpg btw) without my jacket as I continue to enjoy this glorious late summer in October.

  • Marc3939 Oct 9, 2007

    "climate change is real. We have to take it seriously." - Fred Thompson

    Hmmm...and his solution is...?

  • Krzyzewskiectomy Oct 8, 2007

    You guys are not alone, here in Manassas Virginia we have been 93 degrees two days in a row and they expect it may climb even higher tomorrow.

  • Skepticghoul Oct 8, 2007


    I agree with your statements about research grants. I was once a biologist. It's ruthless, cut-throat and researchers have to pander to special interest groups for grants. I blame the Puritan anti-intellectual heritage that still infects this nation.

    As far as global warming goes, I agree the climate mean is getting warmer. I've still seen no conclusive evidence that it is solely caused by mankind. The latest report on global warming was sloppy science at it's best. However, just because our pollution may not be the cause, doesn't mean we should not conserve our non-renewable resources. I think building more nuclear plants is a wise move; but just let me float that idea in public and watch the hysterics ensue.

    As for this October's strange weather, it's reminiscent of the strange weather pattern of 1990. It certainly reached 90 degrees down around Fayetteville and it was dry as a bone. Then two years later we had record cold on 5 October.