Some storms possible Friday, Saturday

Posted August 21, 2009
Updated August 22, 2009

— The first night of football season could be a wet one for Triangle teams Friday, WRAL meteorologist  Mike Maze said. Showers and thunderstorms are possible through the afternoon and evening, and will linger through Saturday, he said.

A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for southern Virginia through 9 p.m. Some of the storms could become strong or even severe with the main threat being damaging downburst winds. That threat is minimal, Maze said.

"We're seeing some showers moving on by through Durham County and northern Wake County. Mostly we are just looking at run-of-the-mill summer storms," he said.

Another line of storms was producing lightning parallel to Interstate 95 and moving north and east.

Friday was a hot, humid day in central North Carolina, with temperatures pushing the 90-degree mark and relative humidity at 75 percent.

After the rain passes, a cold front will bring cooler temperatures and lower humidity for Sunday and Monday, Maze said.


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  • time4real Aug 21, 2009

    Someone knock on the "no weather" center door and ask Mike to explain why we got no rain today, after Gardner proclaimed gloom and doom, and they have said ALL week it'd come, NOW, we wonder about how wrong his forecast will be for tomorrow? Again, all week calling for 60+% chance tomorrow, I bet we have to apply sunscreen at 6am and there won't be a cloud in the sky! He was already setting up with the excuse of "sustenance drying", was that his term? from no impact "bill"!!!

  • rescuefan Aug 21, 2009

    We've had a couple of rumbles of thunder here. Not much rain yet.

    I have discovered this wonderful thing that GOLO offers now, it's the "ignore" option. Now I don't have to read the posts of the ones who are always whining and complaining about WRAL's weather reports. It's always the same people, so the ignore option is a godsend. Thanks WRAL!

  • time4real Aug 21, 2009

    i'm friends with, "wral forecasters don't have a chance at getting one correct in my life-time!" where's the storms? where's the floods? where's the gloom & doom? i don't see a thing! except drought, dead grass, weeds, crab grass, drought, cracked earth, gloom and doom forecasts in the morning and with as someone said, Fishel explaining why it didn't happen in the evening. IF he bothers to work a shift! do us a favor oh weather dudes, DON'T BOTHER!

  • icdumbpeople Aug 21, 2009

    I have Fall FEVER! When does the weather break? End of September or so?

  • Hammerhead Aug 21, 2009

    time4real must be friends with IknownothingIknownothing.

  • time4real Aug 21, 2009

    well i see nothing but sunshine. messengers my foot! just plan for the opposite of whatever they say and you're good to go!

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 21, 2009

    All mets are only messengers ...they're not miracle workers.

    As a whole WRAL has a great weather team imo! :)

  • mstan Aug 21, 2009

    Bring on the rain....and cooler temps, I can't wait for October!

  • time4real Aug 21, 2009

    "according to WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner."
    that alone tells me to hook up the sprinkler!

  • Hammerhead Aug 21, 2009

    IgripeIgripe, let it rain, we could use it.