Saturday, August 11, 2007

Friday's Heat and Severe Storms

As expected, Friday was another record breaking day as the temperature soared to 104 at RDU. That shattered the old record of 99 set in 2001. While it will be hot this weekend, luckily we shouldn't come close to any records and no 100+ temperatures are in the forecast.

Here's a look back at other high temperatures around the area from Friday:
  • Laurinburg: 108
  • Southern Pines: 108
  • Erwin: 106
  • Lumberton: 106
  • Fayetteville: 105
  • Chapel Hill: 103
  • Rocky Mount-Wilson: 101
  • Louisburg: 100
  • Smithfield: 100
  • Goldsboro: 99
  • Henderson-Oxford: 97

Friday's heat gave way to scattered strong thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, some of which were very strong. Straight line winds from these storms caused problems in Goldsboro as part of the roof of a Day's Inn was ripped off. There were numerous reports of downed trees and powerlines as well. The National Weather Service reports a 85mph wind gust was measured in Goldsboro during the storm.

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