Published: 2007-06-16 13:18:10
Updated: 2007-06-16 13:18:10
Posted June 16, 2007 1:18 p.m. EDT
By David R.
MIKE MOSS SAYS: David, I'm a little handcuffed on this one because I don't know what location you were at when you experienced this. It sounds a lot like a typical experience with an outflow boundary from a nearby thunderstorm that may have produced a strong downburst wind. Sometimes the spreading layer of cool air can flow many miles away from the storm and produce a sudden and fairly brief surge in wind speed with little or no associated cloud cover. Often, but not always, this would be accompanied by a noticeable drop in temperature. Assuming your time frame was around 6 pm on 5 June 07, this might have been plausible, mainly in the eastern Johnston, southern Wilson or northern Wayne County areas, due to a pair of heavy showers or storms that moved east through that region, showing a rapid increase in intensity followed by a rapid collapse that may have been able to produce a gusty outflow.