Saturday, May 27, 2006

Memorial Day Weekend Weather

Memorial Day Weekend sometimes brings stormy weather to North Carolina. In fact on this date (May 27) in 1998, softball size hail was reported near Pekin in Montgomery County! Fortunately, we have not seen anything like that this weekend, but we did get off to a stormy start Friday evening.

Here's a look back at some of the storm reports from Friday's round of severe storms --
  • 7:45pm -- Penny size hail reported near the intersection of Wakelon St and Highway 96 in northern Zebulon.
  • 8:00pm -- Trees and fences blown down at the Orange County Speedway near Rougemont.
  • 8:05pm -- Golfball size hail reported just southwest of Clayton. Also, reported of trees down just outside of Clayton
  • 8:10pm -- Tree down reported on Stagwell Road near Bahama in Durham County
  • 8:15pm -- Numerous trees down from thunderstorm winds near Creedmoor in southern Granville County.
  • 8:25pm -- Trees down and pea size hail reported near Ingleside in Franklin County
  • 8:27pm -- Nickel size hail reported near Micro in Johnston County
  • 8:59pm -- Wind gust of of 57mph and shingles blown off roof at Buffalo Road and Valley Stream Drive in Raleigh
  • 9:00pm -- Nickel size hail reported near Red Springs in Robeson County
  • 9:10pm -- Reports of powerlines down about 8 miles east-northeast of Raleigh

We will not have to worry about any more stormy weather for what remains of this holiday weekend. The big story for Sunday and Monday will be the heat. Our forecast calls for highs near 90 both days. With plenty of sunshine expected, you'll want to pack the sunscreen and water bottle for your outdoor plans.

Looking ahead to the work week, there are some indications a few thunderstorms may return by Tuesday afternoon. If these storms develop, they would be isolated in nature. The chance for these isolated storms will remain small for Tuesday. However, our rain chances will increase by Friday of next week.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend. When you need a quick update on the forecast to plan your outdoor activities, we'll be here with your Weather on the Ones only on News 14 Carolina!

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