Cold front to bring back humidity, storms

Posted July 9, 2010 4:57 p.m. EDT
Updated July 10, 2010 1:08 a.m. EDT

— An approaching cold front will relieve North Carolina of drought-creating heat and usher in seasonably warm weather, high humidity and chances of late-day storms.

The cold front began passing through the state late Friday, bringing rain to areas including Wake, Durham, Lee and Moore counties. 

The main danger from these storms is damaging straight-line winds, WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Saturday, though, will be a different story.

"Tomorrow's going to be pretty wet for us, especially during the afternoon and evening," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "We've got a much better chance at widespread showers and storms."

The cold front will likely linger along the coast, creating the improved chances for rain for central and eastern counties. Isolated severe storms are possible.

On Sunday, the best chance for scattered showers and storms will shift to areas south and east from Fayetteville.

Temperatures will stay lower, reaching a high around 89 degrees on Saturday and 93 degrees on Sunday.

Farmers deal with drought-creating heat

The damage to crops in Cumberland County is sporadic, farmers said.

Colby Lambert, of the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Office, said the bottom leaves of tobacco plants are showing stress.

Farmers will begin harvesting tobacco toward the end of the month through September.

Lambert said such intense heat in June is especially a problem because so many crops, such as soybeans, are still tender.

If triple-digit temperatures hit in August, the plants can better withstand the heat because they're stronger, more mature.

Combining the heat with the lack of rain lately could also cause problems.

Most farmers in North Carolina depend on nature to water their crops. They have no irrigation.

Dry conditions do extend into Cumberland County, but the driest parts of the state are along the Virginia border and west in the mountains.