Triangle breathes 'sigh of relief' as storm passes

Posted December 1, 2010

— Tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings were canceled Wednesday morning as a storm system passed through the Triangle, leaving the area mostly unscathed.

"Some of us can breathe a sigh of relief," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

The storm dumped heavy rains, but did not bring any lightning or thunder. The only report of damage was a downed tree in Sanford in Lee County.

Sky 5 tower lighting 2014 2016 WRAL Tower Lighting

Temperatures will slowly get cooler as the week continues with highs leading into the weekend at or around the 50-degree mark. Lows will be in the upper 20s and lower 30s.

"Stay well bundled as colder air will be the norm in the coming days," Gardner said.

The temperature will be around 48 degrees Wednesday evening as WRAL hosts it annual tower lighting at the station, 2619 Western Blvd.

Those who don't want to brave the cold weather can watch the festivities from the comfort of their homes beginning at 5 p.m. Musical entertainment kicks off the evening, which ends with the tower lighting around 6 p.m.


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  • driverkid3 Dec 1, 2010

    geoso, just what is your problem? Why do you have to bring politics into a weather discussion?

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Dec 1, 2010

    you may have one of those correct with the snow last year.
    as for the others, too vague. I recall being spot on much more than they were, but that was usually with their 3-7 day forecasts. Their rating in that range is horrible. However, they do seem to improve the closer you get to an event and they are dead on within 20 minutes of an event actually taking place. It's all in the numbers.

    but you get an A for effort.

  • Shamrock Dec 1, 2010

    "I'm back. Thanks. For a minute I lost myself."

    I think you lost your brain too, not to mention your memory. :)

  • Shamrock Dec 1, 2010

    ambygirl, you are sooo right. Not sure why I bother when nothing gets through. And just like now, when I provided the 2 examples as requested, waiting hides away and does not admit it.

  • Big Mike Dec 1, 2010

    WRAL does a great job with the weather forecasts, and is best by far over the other area networks in what they do, however I think it's wrong to tell people what percentage chances they have of getting hit by tornadoes. Very unprofessional to make them think they will have a tornado come up their driveways.

  • Ambygirl Dec 1, 2010

    Celi- narcissist like him will NEVER admit they are wrong. They only see one side and it's always mule-headed to think any other way. Save yourself the misery, Waiting will never change. Waiting will always be there is you need a negative comment.....

  • Shamrock Dec 1, 2010

    Waiting- how about the snow we got last winter when you stated over and over no snow was coming. How about 2 years ago when it snowed and you stated over and over we would not get any snow. I have seen several of your postings when wral said it would rain, you said no, then it rained. AND it rained in your area. Can't see your own flaws because you think so highly of yourself. Come back to reality won't you.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Dec 1, 2010

    "How about all those other occasions when you are wrong"

    Name 2.

    I'm waiting...

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Dec 1, 2010

    "While this winter won't be like last year, don't expect to walk around in shorts."
    I always do so I don't know why this La Nina winter will be any different than the last 12. Betcha we hit 70 at least 3 days in January and 80 by the end of February! See ya' on 'da beach.

  • Shamrock Dec 1, 2010

    Waiting- did you even look at the highs for this weekend and early next week? I wouldn't be caught wearing shorts when the high is going to be 42. And Yes, the storm was not as bad as it could have been, so go get yourself a cookie for your prediction. How about all those other occasions when you are wrong, don't see you back here stating you were wrong. Next time, stand behind your comments either way won't you.