Monday, June 05, 2006

A Few Storms on Monday, More Possible Tuesday

With afternoon heating this Monday, we saw a few thunderstorms pop-up over central and eastern North Carolina. A couple of those became strong at times. Here's a look at some of the severe weather reports in and around the News 14 Carolina viewing area --

  • 3:35pm -- Penny size hail reported near Goldston in southern Chatham County
  • 4:00pm -- Several reports of penny size hail just west of Sanford in Lee County
  • 5:09pm -- Report of a person struck by lightning near the Olivia community in Harnett County. Extent of the injuries were unknown.
  • 5:35pm -- Penny size hail reported just north of Spring Lake on North Bragg Blvd. near the Harnett/Cumberland County line.

In addition to these reports, there were other reports of severe weather east of the News 14 Carolina viewing area closer to coastal locations in North Carolina.

We expect to see more scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon. An area of low pressure in the mid to upper levels of the atmosphere should help to kick off some of these storms. You can think of a mid to upper level low as an area of cool air in the mid to upper levels of the atmosphere. During the daytime hours Tuesday, the sun will warm the surface. That cool air over the warming surface temperatures, will create instability over our region. That will create some fuel for a scattering of showers and thunderstorms.

If you have outdoor plans Tuesday afternoon, keep an eye to the sky. Remember a basic safety rule when it comes to thunderstorms -- if you hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. If storms develop, we'll be in the Weather on the Ones forecast center with radar updates every 10 minutes.

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