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Soaked soil keeps heat somewhat in check

Posted August 8, 2011

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— High temperatures were expected to fall just short of the 100-degree mark in Raleigh Monday although and a heat advisory is in effect for areas south and east of the Triangle. 

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said the lingering effects of weekend rain served to keep temperatures in check. "After a good rain like the one we had Saturday, it's very difficult to get that hot.

"When it rains that much and soaks the ground, a lot of sun's energy goes into evaporating water from the soil as opposed to heating the ground," Fishel said, noting that some parts of the Triangle saw four inches of rain Saturday morning. 

Sunny skies, temperatures in the 90s and muggy nights dominate the forecast for the early part of the week. 

By week's end, more pleasant weather is on tap. "We may finally break the vise of the heat for awhile," Fishel said.  

"We could have a couple of days with sub-90-degree highs and significantly less humidity by Thursday, Friday and Saturday."

 

 

 

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  • wolfie7873 Aug 9, 2011

    "what soaked soil? what's he on? does he really think that because a few spots got rain that we all did and that we are drought free and soaked?

    and that friends is why they have no clue what's actually taking place out here "on the ground.""

    He made no mention of ending the drought. But a significant portion of the viewing area got a significant amount of rain, enough to keep the air temps below 100. Move on.

  • The Oracle Aug 9, 2011

    "... it will stay 100 for at least 3 more months..."

    Until November?? I don't think so.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Aug 8, 2011

    This just IN:

    The most powerful doppler once agains tells the story.

    Nothing!

  • geosol Aug 8, 2011

    Don't know which is more pathetic, the unrelenting heat we're enduring or the incessant ignorant babble of the usual right wing weather trolls that just seem to hate EVERYTHING.

  • twc Aug 8, 2011

    Every time I hear "by the most powerful Doppler ..." I feel like switching to this channel.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Aug 8, 2011

    what soaked soil? what's he on? does he really think that because a few spots got rain that we all did and that we are drought free and soaked?

    and that friends is why they have no clue what's actually taking place out here "on the ground."

  • PAINFREE Aug 8, 2011

    Thank you, Greg and all of your team, for the reliable forecasts, and all of the good information that you give us, explaining why certain things happen or don't happen. As a former farm wife, I know how dependent some people are on an accurate forecast, but nobody on earth can break a drought, which is a major concern with every crop year.

  • morgannyy Aug 8, 2011

    Does this mean we can stop talking about "abnormally dry", "kinda dry", "exceptionally dry", "really really dry", and "man, don't wash your car or you'll be shot dry"?

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Aug 8, 2011

    It rained in spots Greg, not the whole viewing area. Most of us didn't get soaked. 70 percent chance of rain on Saturday. Yea, right. Pathetic forecasting.

  • Willie_11 Aug 8, 2011

    yea, that's the ticket!

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