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Spotty showers mark evening forecast

Posted July 29, 2009

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— An upper level disturbance passing across the state brought spotty showers to the Triangle Wednesday afternoon.

The mercury reached the mid-80s under cloudy skies and humidity kept things sticky. "It is a typical summertime pattern," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

If storms hit, they are not expected to reach the severity seen Tuesday, when high winds downed power lines and trees in Cary, Carthage and Seminole.

The showers should die down gradually once the sun sets, but don't look for any cooler temperatures, Maze said.

"It's going to be hotter tomorrow. We'll be back in the 90s with another chance for a shower or storm," he added.

Thursday night will be warm, with temperatures staying in the mid-70s.

"We’ve got a chance for thunderstorms every afternoon this week," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "If you can hear the thunder, you are in danger of being struck by lightning. It can strike 10 miles away from the cloud that forms it."

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  • No Redneck Jul 29, 2009

    Does anyone keep track of how many times WRAL gets the forecast wrong (or right for that matter)?

  • injameswetrust2003 Jul 29, 2009

    time4: the answer is: "We got the forecast wrong." Wouldn't it be interesting if you heard those words from the weather people. (Or: "The computer was wrong.") Maybe it's time for one of the associates to get into a fountain, Greg already did that.

  • time4real Jul 29, 2009

    someone text me and tell me how man people are swimming down I-40, as we were told would happen by this time of day!

  • smegma Jul 29, 2009

    cut greg some slack. you people from up north have it easy. "snow today". folks down south.. "rain today". we live in the middle. it's always hit or miss. probably one of the more challenging areas in the nation to predict weather. and remember, it's PREDICTING WEATHER! you act like we were born to know something so simple. i do have to say though... it's quite sunny here lol

  • time4real Jul 29, 2009

    maybe Fishel should learn to use that equipment you are so fond of because I see him stumble with it all 4 days a month that he works!
    in the latest news,
    Wednesday's weather: Heavy rain, strong storms now UNlikely!

  • injameswetrust2003 Jul 29, 2009

    time4- you got to cut my boy Greg some slack. Anybody who can write a weather program on the computer and tell if a tornado is at your home address, must know a little something about weather. The giggler and the others just read what the computer says and then adds a few laughs and/or technical terms and/or confusion depending on who is doing the forecast. The jury is still out on the new guy.

  • time4real Jul 29, 2009

    Yo' Giddy, looks like storms are going south and north of us, any chance NOW we'll see stranded swimmers on I-40 this afternoon??? With wral forecasting is ALL guess! Fishel has no idea how to work his gear and the rest, riding coattails is a nice way to put it. Lucky they're employeed is more accurate!

  • rescuefan Jul 29, 2009

    "Several times this week the reported temp on the front WRAL page is about 10 degrees cooler than the temp reported by WRAL at the airport. The reporting from the airport seems correct. Any plans to fix it so we can reference the front page again for an accurate report?
    PeterG"

    WRAL provides two temperature readings, one at the airport and one at their station. There is a good possibility that if one place or the other is experiencing downpours, like we just had here in North Raleigh, that there could be a 10 degree or more difference. You could always do what I did and that's buy a weather station so you will always know what the temperature is wherever you have it set up. Oh, and it can be different by 5 degrees or more than what the Weather Channel is reporting the temperature to be at the airport. The temperature isn't going to be exactly the same everywhere.

  • injameswetrust2003 Jul 29, 2009

    For those of you who are dogging the weather center, remember that weather forecasting is a little bit of science with a lot of guessing! Factor in the computers that actually give the forecast, and we're down to "reading what the computer says." Of course, Greg Fishel wrote the program so he will always be my weatherman. The other folks are just riding his coattails and adding a giggle here and there.

  • PeterG Jul 29, 2009

    Several times this week the reported temp on the front WRAL page is about 10 degrees cooler than the temp reported by WRAL at the airport. The reporting from the airport seems correct. Any plans to fix it so we can reference the front page again for an accurate report?

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