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Published: 2007-11-18 16:49:00
Updated: 2007-11-18 16:50:45
Posted November 18, 2007
Raleigh, N.C. — It is the week of Thanksgiving, and mother nature’s calendar is once again out of whack. While we have seen many days with temperatures below normal recently, this week will be different. Daytime highs this year average in the low 60s, with overnight lows in the upper 30s. But, this week we will see highs near 70, with lows only dipping into the 40s.
Crazy weather is nothing new to folks around here. Last Thanksgiving, it was chilly. Highs were in the 50s, with lows in the 30s. But just a few days before, highs topped out in the 80s!
Making it warm this year, we will have a strong high pressure system at the surface, with winds out of the west and southwest. That will usher in a warm air mass, one which normally remains down south of North Carolina.
As we progress into the work week, we will see big changes to the forecast as a low pressure system, with a trailing cold front, pushes east. As the front gets closer to the Tar Hill state, it will continue to pump more warm and moist air towards us. The cold front moves through the state during the day on Thanksgiving. Chances are we will see rain and then a big drop in temperatures, as we head into the weekend. Right now, it looks like the colder air will get hung up by the mountains on Thursday, but will drop temperatures like a rock on Friday.
If you love warm fall days, this week’s forecast is for you. For those that love the colder weather, you will just have to wait until Friday, and the forecast will be more in line with the calendar.
Written by: Meteorologist Kim Deaner