Emily falls apart; rain to replace heat in NC

Posted August 4, 2011

— Tropical Storm Emily was downgraded Thursday as the system fell apart over the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, making it less likely that the system would affect North Carolina.

Meanwhile, a frontal boundary over the state increased the likelihood of rain for the Triangle and Sandhills over the weekend.

Only the remnants of Emily remained by Thursday afternoon, as the system lost its low-level circulation, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. Winds topped out at 35 mph.

Maze said Hispaniola "just sheered the storm apart. It just couldn't handle the mountainous terrain." 

The system was still expected to dump 6 to 12 inches of rain on Haiti and the Dominican Republic, he said.

Computer models still forecast the moisture in the system to move northwest in the coming days, moving over south Florida before shifting to the northeast and heading out over the Atlantic Ocean.

The frontal boundary over North Carolina will force Emily's remnants out to sea, Maze said, while allowing moisture from the Midwest to soak the state and give a brief respite from the intense summer heat.

The high temperature at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday was 95, but high humidity levels pushed the heat index close to 110. Fayetteville recorded a high temperature of 102.

"I daresay that (Friday) no one will have 100 for a forecast high," Maze said.

The chance for precipitation increases late Friday and into Saturday, he said.

"It may end up being mostly cloudy on Saturday, and if there's enough cloud cover, it may end up staying in the 80s all day," he said.

High temperatures Friday through Sunday are expected to be in the low 90s, with the heat spiking again on Monday, when temperatures could hit 100 again, he said.

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  • sheablue22 Aug 4, 2011

    "...rain to replace heat in NC:

    Whoo hoo!!

  • Let-it-be-said Aug 4, 2011

    Careful, it doesnt look like they can swim.....

  • daisy Aug 4, 2011

    I love that picture!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 4, 2011

    I have to laugh at what the weather forecasters here call a "cold front". Temps in the 90s, or 80s, or 70s, is not anywhere near a "cold front"; 40s now, that's a "cold front".

    Might be better to call it a "break in the high temperatures" or something.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Aug 4, 2011

    "When will the hottest day be?"

    It's usually around January 12th or Feb. 18th.

  • Ambygirl Aug 4, 2011

    RebelYell55-- I had to chuckle :)

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Aug 4, 2011

    Rebelyell, my eyes are now crossed. Thanks.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 4, 2011

    It won't seem as hot today, as it was yesterday, even though it's going to be hotter today than it was a few days. In the next couple of days, it'll be hot, but not as hot as it was today. But in the days that follow, it's seem like hot days, but not as hot as the days that were really hot. But you can expect hot day when those days are usually hot, but no all the days will be as hot as the days that will follow the other hot days. Look for hotter days on the days that are suppose to be normal hot days and then well see days when it not so hot on the days that are not normal suppose to be hot. This will continue until the hot days give way to the days that not so hot. So that bring us to the questions of the day. When will the hottest day be?

  • cwood3 Aug 4, 2011

    Come on Emily-veer right up I-40. We need the rain-please.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Aug 4, 2011

    Beer is on tap, this weather is equal to a rump roid, but certainly isn't on tap. the good news is you'll only have to stand in the ridiculous NC weather 3-4 hours to gather your hurricane survival kit.