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Old 08-20-2012, 07:26 PM
 
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Default Summer is Dying

Good riddance. After a blistering, record-setting period from late June until the first few days of August, temperatures in NC have really moderated. Of course, it is to be expected because the average temps peak in late July and begin to decline by the second week of August. In fact, the Triad has not reached 90 degrees since August 5, and no more 90's are in sight. The high in the Triad yesterday was 73, and the high today was 78. Charlotte has only reached 90 once since August 6, and the Triangle has done so twice since August 6. RDU's high yesterday was 75. Also interestingly, record highs at this time of the year are not all over 100 degrees, reflecting that we are at the time of year when the heat normally starts to give way to more moderate temps. Meteorological Autumn begins in just 11 days.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:46 PM
 
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The rain has made the heat more bearable compared to last summer, with all the marsh fires breaking out.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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Yes, I am puzzled why a La Nina summer has been wet to normal this year. Usually, they are bone dry.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:43 PM
 
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Although heat can occur after Labor Day, September rarely has prolonged heat in North Carolina. For instance, in the Triad, the last 90 degree temperature occurred on Sept 2 last year; Sept 25 in 2010; Aug 27 in 2009; Aug 19 in 2008; OCTOBER 9 in 2007; and Aug 30 in 2006. For Charlotte, the last 90 degree days occurred on Sept 14 in 2011; Sept 25 in 2010; Aug 27 in 2009; Sept 6 in 2008; October 9 in 2007; and Aug 30 in 2006.

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Old 08-20-2012, 10:53 PM
 
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I'm so glad it's going away. The heat has been unbearable, especially in downtown (Charlotte). The other morning, I was surprised to feel it cool enough to open a window but that didn't last long.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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ITT: Northerners butthurt over the Sun
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:09 AM
 
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There are no 90's forecasted for the rest of the month in the Triad. Of course, such longrange forecasts have a very low reliability rate, but it is great sign.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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The Asheville-Hendersonville area has been noticeably cooler so far this August. To date, the average high has been 82 and with a average low of 63. Last 90+ day was July 28th.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Sanford, NC
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Goodbye Summer and if it never returns again it will be too soon. I HATE that season! Bring on fall and then winter!
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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Me too. Summer is the worst season, Winter the best, but Fall is the most refreshing and most welcomed.
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