July 9: Beautiful Weather Again, Watching TS Chris


Yesterday's weather was perfect across central North Carolina, and there's more of the same in store for us today...which makes it hard to believe that there's a tropical storm swirling away just off the coast! Tropical Storm Chris has remained nearly stationary over the last 24 hours, and it's still anchored in place about 200 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras:

We do expect Chris to become a hurricane within the next 24 hours, but the storm will not move significantly closer to the coast of North Carolina. By Wednesday, Chris will start moving to the northeast, and the storm will speed away from our neck of the woods: Chris' main impact will be right along the coast, in the form of high surf and dangerous rip currents.

For central North Carolina, it will just be another perfect-ten summertime day. Temperatures will be a little warmer than yesterday, but still several degrees below average, with highs in the mid to upper 80s:

But the humidity will remain low, we'll see abundant sunshine throughout the day, and a nice northeasterly breeze will keep the atmosphere stirred around.

The heat returns tomorrow, as temperatures climb back to around or above 90 degrees:

While the humidity will increase somewhat, it still won't be bad at all.

The humidity will be back by Wednesday, which will feed into our next storm chance late Wednesday into early Thursday:

The end of the work week and the weekend will bring a return of "typical" summertime weather -- highs just above 90, enough humidity to make it feel like the mid to upper 90s, and a chance of storms each afternoon and evening.



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