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Record set for 90-degree days; drought 'likely to worsen'

Posted September 16, 2010

— The temperature reached 90 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport just before 1 p.m. Thursday. This year set the record for the most 90-degree days in a single year. Meanwhile, a new report says North Carolina's drought conditions "are likely to worsen over coming weeks and months."

The previous record for 90-degree days was set in 2007 when RDU reported 83 days of the hot temperatures. Thursday marked 84 days this year.

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"Prior to 2007, the highest number of days in a year that temperatures rose 90 degrees or higher was 72," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

However, two of the last four years, temperatures have risen past the 90-degree mark more than 80 days in the Triangle, Fishel added.

This year is on track to be the warmest on record. The government's latest statistics, covering January through August, show 2010 is tied with 1998 as the hottest year.

The world's average temperature for the first eight months of this year was 58.5 degrees Fahrenheit. That's 1.2 degrees above average for the period.

The most recent Drought Monitor released by the North Carolina Drought Advisory Board expanded the moderate drought conditions into the central part of the state and also "shows the return of severe drought conditions just northeast of the Triangle," according to Jeff Orrock, with the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

"Due to the lack of forecast rainfall and dry seasonal outlooks drought conditions are likely to worsen over coming weeks and months," he said.

As of Wednesday, "we are 7.5 inches below normal rainfall for the year," said WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson. "September is normally one of the wetter months of the year."

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  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 17, 7:53 p.m.

    Stop this just in: Stop flushing NOW because they now say we will have no rain until next March. They also say 12 winter forecasts will be blown when they predict snow and we don't see a flake because the atmosphere is too dry and it's 70 degrees in January.

  • stacey129 Sep 17, 4:57 p.m.

    Good Bye and Good Riddance mmb!! Maybe you could try Kansas!! I heat it is exciting there.

    The Earth will last as long as it needs to...

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 17, 2:55 p.m.

    It's time to stop flushing our toilets now! NOW!

  • clayt85 Sep 17, 10:04 a.m.

    Sorry, meBNme. There is not a single doubt (in the scientific field that is...) that climate change is anthropogenic. You can spare sending me a handfull of websites in which "scientists" deny this fact... I've read them all. I've also read the reports of the IPCC and proceedings from conferences (you know, things that only real scientists attend and are invited to) which will quite quickly debunk the pseudoscience contained on the opposing webpage.

    It only takes a few minutes on Google. Try it sometime.

  • london12 Sep 16, 7:14 p.m.

    Start water restrictions NOW, cities and citizens, and not later when it's too late !

  • Awake in Wake Sep 16, 6:29 p.m.

    meBNme,

    The maverick, John McCain, put it best during the 2008 campaign. Even if we are not entirely convinced that climate change is due to man's influence, it makes sense to support some sort of cap and trade program just in case we are actually influencing the climate. John McCain realized that the cost of being wrong is extremely great for future generations. Unfortunately, McCain will no longer support legislation that he favored because he would rather pander to the radical right-wing fringe. He has joined to party of "no" and will no longer support climate change legislation. After last night's primary, it is clear to see that the Republican party is being taken over by the wacko right. I was a Republican and supported the party but will no longer due so if they continue to elect "air-head" Sarah Palin wannabes to important Presidential and Congressional offices.

  • meBNme Sep 16, 5:55 p.m.

    Awake,

    I don't know many folks questioning climate change or the increasing temps that we call global wariming.

    What some of us are questioning is the "science" behind the claims that it is a man made situation, and therefore that these changes being pushed are even going to effect it.

    your last comment is typical of the MMGW argument.

    You start out with fact, the earths temp is rising, and how that can effect the earths climates. You then jumped the track to start bashing those mysterios "right wing extreme nuts" and bash what you THINK to be their argument. (yes there are exceptions to the rule and extremeist nut jobs in every bunch I agree) The picture you paint may be the opinion of a very few freaks, but the majority of conservatives, and folks everyone calls "right wingers" do NOT see things as you suggest they do.

    You made a point, talking facts, then go off on a tangent bashing an imaginary opposing view that most of us right wingers dont even share. We are questioning the

  • Awake in Wake Sep 16, 5:35 p.m.

    Higher temperatures and drought conditions were predicted to occur due to global climate change. When the rain does come it is more likely to be in severe downpours which cause flooding. Global climate change is making the world's climates more severe. Hence, the major flooding in Pakistan and parts of the U.S. Midwest. Russia had a severe heat wave with massive forest fires in July. But who cares about the cap and trade legislation that might help reduce the problem and help future generations? The right wing extreme nuts told me to oppose it because it will hurt the bottom lines of the coal and oil industry. It may add $10 per month to my utility bill. I hope that your children and grandchildren remember how selfish you were as they deal with the consequences of a more severe climate and coastal flooding. It will cost us more at a later time to address the problem than it would if we just pulled our heads out of the ground and faced reality today.

  • meBNme Sep 16, 5:32 p.m.

    Geosol, sounds like you need to change the station.

    or maybe stop believing the steriotype hype being pushed by the puppetmasters who trive on dividing us using class, color, nationality, or social standing.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 16, 5:31 p.m.

    "If there is another drought looming..."

    Dude, it isn't looming, it's been here and just camouflaged with occasional rain for some of the area. As for when they slam on the watering brakes, if they had 1/2 a brain cell they would've done that months ago. Too late now. Fire Danger warnings and if you watch close, the lakes are going to drop 3-4" a day any time now.

    It's the Meekerville Armageddon Express. Rather "hell-ish" if you ask me.

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