Shorts weather in February? Triangle sets record high

Posted February 18, 2011

— Unseasonably warm weather spread across the Southeast on Friday, sending Triangle residents outside in shorts and T-shirts for the first time in months.

Temperatures reached 78 degrees at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, topping the record high for Feb. 18 of 75 degrees.

“We’re going to see temperatures back off a little bit this weekend, but still this is a kind of pattern where that, even behind the cold fronts, the temperatures are still above normal,” WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. “So, it’s certainly not going to be a bad weekend at all.”

Afternoon temperatures elsewhere across the state were also unseasonably warm, ranging anywhere from 4 degrees to 13 degrees higher than Thursday.

Cooler and drier air was expected to move through the state Friday night and over the weekend.

Forecast maps, however, indicate milder temperatures as the workweek starts out with a forecast high in the mid-70s and then slightly cooler temperatures Tuesday and into Wednesday and then warming up later in the week.

“The basic pattern is that the really cold arctic air stays bottled up to the north of us – across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast – and we just get glancing blows of this stuff every two or three days,” Fishel said.

“It looks like, overall, the temperature pattern is going to be very easy to take around these parts over the next five to seven days,” he added.


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  • geosol Feb 18, 2011

    "Hehehehehehehe, you global warmers really make me laugh. Take a geology course and see what is happening, the world warming?" Yeah, sorry. Professional geologist for over 25 years, and the data to support global warming is overwhelming. Try reading a science journal instead of listening to right wing talk show hosts. Sorry!

  • huskiesanj Feb 18, 2011

    Hehehehehehehe, you global warmers really make me laugh. Take a geology course and see what is happening, the world warming? You really have taken the pitcher of kool aid this time around. See what happens in history when a very, very, very minute warning period comes upon us................................hope y'all got a warm place to stay!

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Feb 18, 2011

    You betcha we got our shorts on bud eeeeeeeeeeee. Just like every winter around this time. Heck, it's usually in January when we get them back out. We're late this year, but no fear, as usual, from winter right into summer. Ready yourselves for drought, more drought, record heat and fire danger alerts a plenty. Copy and paste baby, copy and paste.

  • tobywilliamson58 Feb 18, 2011

    The dictionary states BRIME. Just saying.

  • fishon Feb 18, 2011

    Is it not called briNe?

    To paraphrase, a mind is s terrible thing

  • ckblackm Feb 18, 2011

    This is gunna be a long hot summer coming up.

  • drj32 Feb 18, 2011

    "Seems like its colder every year. So much for global warming."

    You should definitely do a little looking into a concept before you say "so much for...".

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Feb 18, 2011

    Is it not called briNe?

  • tobywilliamson58 Feb 18, 2011

    Question: Is the governor gonna give free masks for us to wear since we will have our car windows down? That BRIME is torture on the lungs! Looks like a dust storm when traffic is heavy! Whew!!

  • freedomfromAmeriKa Feb 18, 2011

    Related to the X class solar flare which hit the Earth today?