Fast-changing weather to bake, shake and frost N.C.

Posted October 27, 2010

— Quickly changing weather will move North Carolinians from a hot muggy day and a stormy night Wednesday to a frosty morning by Saturday.

Sunshine was helping to raise temperatures Wednesday. The high will be in the mid 80s, likely setting a new daily record.

"It's warm. It's muggy. It's going to feel like summer," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Central North Carolina faces two scenarios that could set off severe weather: an unstable atmosphere combined with heat in Wednesday evening and the passage of a cold front early Thursday.

The heat and instability in the atmosphere could produce severe weather through about 9 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect for 14 counties, including Durham, Orange, Chatham, Granville, Person and Vance counties.

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A second round of severe weather could follow when the cold front passes through the state around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. Thursday.

Strong to severe thunderstorms, isolated tornadoes, damaging wind, heavy rain and flash flooding are possible.

The chance of severe weather and rain will taper off Thursday morning. Humidity will also drop, and Thursday's high will be around 80 degrees.

By Friday, the cold weather will have taken hold, and it will feel like fall again.

"Once we get to the weekend it looks nice. It's going to be much cooler," Gardner said. "By Friday and Saturday, we're certainly expecting some pleasant weather."

Friday will be sunny and clear, with low humidity and a high around 63 degrees. Overnight Friday, temperatures will drop into the mid 30s, and frost could form Saturday morning.

Cooler, sunny weather will prevail throughout the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will see highs in the mid 60s to low 70s.


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  • Wolfpack12 Oct 27, 2010

    Attention all Global Warming believers. Just google the Vostok ice core data (the bible of global warming) and actually look at the graph. Notice how temperature rises and falls AHEAD of increases or decreases in CO2 levels. Common sense would indicate that CO2 reacts to temperature changes, not the other way around.

  • Baybee Doll Oct 27, 2010

    This is the kind of weather that makes people sick.

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  • Bill Brasky Oct 27, 2010

    I wonder how scientists also say that 90% of the glaciers are growing as well?

    Sure, tell us how many scientists are saying glaciers are growing?

  • flyingcheetah92 Oct 27, 2010

    Well my information can be found right here:

    Where are you getting yours from?

  • cass122 Oct 27, 2010

    Well that is funny flyingcheetah! I wonder how scientists also say that 90% of the glaciers are growing as well? Can scientists actually contradict themselves and sometimes give false info????....I guess so! Funny thing!

  • Bill Brasky Oct 27, 2010

    "flyingcheetah92-please tell me, how many glaciers are melting than!!"

    Scientists are saying 95%

  • Bill Brasky Oct 27, 2010

    "That, my friend, is the most insane post I have ever read. I owe you a beer. Or some tranquilizers."

    That is quite a conspiracy Quigley has there. I like how he threw in Obama, very classy.

  • flyingcheetah92 Oct 27, 2010

    I do not have any numbers on how many are melting. However, I do know that the ones in alaska are as well as the ones in New Zealand. The data that I mentioned in my last post though that the total glacial mass is going down though is the key. Going up means that the earth is cooling off, going down means it is getting warmer. And the number is going down very rapidly right now!