RALEIGH – You always hear of people talking about a white Christmas, but what about a white Thanksgiving?
The skies should clear for Thanksgiving Day, but here on the eve of Turkey day, you might see some snow flakes mixed in with today’s rain showers.
National Weather Service Meteorologist, Mike Strickler says not to expect the temperatures to climb much from where they are now.
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For the latest forecast, click here.http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/rain-snow-time-thanksgiving-still-cold/
RALEIGH – Orange County escaped another early round of wintry precipitation, but we’re not out of the woods yet.
Before Thanksgiving, we could see heavy rains and cool temperatures.
National Weather Service Meteorologist, Ryan Ellis says right now all the poor weather is to the west and south.
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CHAPEL HILL – This summer’s heavy rains caused flooding in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, but helped some farmers around North Carolina while providing challenges to others.
The heavy rainfall that came this summer shocked many people from around the area, but had various impacts on farmers growing crops. Owner of Walter’s Unlimited farm, Roland Walters, said that the rain only made new seeding a little more difficult.
“It was just a little harder keeping things seeded or putting down new seeding,” Walter said “the produce that was already seeded, nothing growing, wasn’t any problem, wasn’t harmed or anything; we weren’t excessive enough in any way to be flooding or anything of that nature, it just delayed some seeding.”
Walter’s Unlimited raises cattle, hogs, chicken, and also grow a small amount of produce. Walter’s said that although seeding was delayed, the livestock benefited from the rain this summer and the grass that grew out of it.
“This was actually probably the best year we’ve ever had, we rely on a lot of grass.” Walter stated “It’s actually made for better environment and better growth for all our animals.”
Other farmers have had different experiences this summer dealing with the heavy rains and cloudy days. Wild Hare Farm’s owner, Lean Cook, said that the rainy season provided some challenges when growing many outdoor crops.
“It made it a pretty challenging summer with the cooler, cloudy weather and all the rain,” Cook said “it really increases foliar disease in particular, fungal diseases really escalate.”
Wild Hare Farm is not certified organic, but they still do not spray their produce to prevent fungal diseases. Cook grows some flowers and plants indoors which allowed for the rain and weather to not have as big an impact. Cook says that with the rain she encountered problems making out into the fields and dealing with diseases and weeds.
“Yea, spotty foliar diseases, the other thing is when it’s as wet as it was this summer it’s hard to get out an weed” Cook commented.
The weather this summer has been different from the past few years when we had high degree days and little rain. Walter’s says that because of the weather this year his livestock has been doing great.
“Hasn’t been excessively hot like it has the past few years, so I think it’s been a very good year, very good summer for our animals” Walters commented.
Although the rain’s this summer made some of the seeding for the next rotation of crops difficult, more grass has been available for livestock. Walter’s Unlimited had a successful year with the cooler weather and abundance of grass for livestock.http://chapelboro.com/news/business/summer-rains-helped-livestock-but-hurt-produce/
CHAPEL HILL – Construction on roads in Chapel Hill is picking up momentum after weeks of rain.
The three big projects are located at Smith Level Road, Weaver Dairy Road, and South Columbia Street. Resident engineer Chris Kirkman says a little extra work has gotten the projects going again.
“Yea it did slow it down, but in the last week–Columbia street for example–we were able to get a lot done, and get a lot done this week so we’re able to regain momentum,” Kirkman says. “They worked this past weekend Saturday and Sunday.”
Kirkman says he’s use to working against the weather to complete a project. However, he says the rain this summer has been the biggest opponent while working on the roads.
“This year obviously, looking at the weather data that this has been unbelievable as far as rainfall the past June and July, fortunately we were able to regain a lot of momentum last week and this week,” Kirkman says
Although rain has slowed construction on the roads during summer, hurricanes could pose similar threats. Kirkman says the construction teams are working to complete the roads by their estimated deadline.
“We would get the section between 86, or MLK, that end of it all the way down to the round about, hopefully that will be done by late August,” Kirkman says.
Kirkman says Smith Level is estimated to be completed in May 2015, and South Columbia will be completed around December 2014.http://chapelboro.com/news/development/road-construction-gaining-momentum/
CARRBORO – Construction on Culbreth Road has hit many delays this summer from soil problems and rain to asbestos water lines. Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, Bill Webster, says a meeting is scheduled later this week to share the progress of the project.
Construction on Culbreth road began June 8 and its planned completion was August 25. Webster says several delays occurred during construction including: rain, an asbestos water pipe, and bad soil.
“The big one right now is we have a serious soil issue that we have to resolve, and as of today I’m not exactly sure how much time it’ll take to resolve it, but we’ll know more by the end of the week,” Webster says.
The soil problems that the construction team faces deal with poor soil found underneath Culbreth Road. Poor soil is not uncommon in floodplain areas, but the construction crew did not expect to find so much poor soil that they would have to dig another six feet.
“But once the road was excavated we found out there actually large areas within the excavation zone which the soils were completely unacceptable,” says Webster.
The three areas in which the construction crew worried about having delays all occurred, but Webster says only more rain at a bad time could continue to cause delays.
The construction crew now has plans for dealing with the soil on Culbreth Road and if they encounter the same problem on the trails later this year, it will not cause as much delay.
“And if there is a problem we’ll immediately communicate it to the community and the schools and everyone else, but right now we’re just not certain,” Webster says.
For more information on the expansion of Fan Branch and Morgan trails, click here.http://chapelboro.com/news/development/delays-on-culbreth-road/
RALEIGH – National Weather Service Meteorologist Phil Badgett joined Ron Stutts on the WCHL Friday Morning News to discuss the day’s forecast and just how likely flooding may be for Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange County.
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For the latest forecast, click here.http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/nws-the-heavy-rain-may-miss-the-triangle-to-the-east/
RALEIGH – The National Weather Service in Raleigh issued a flash flood watch for central North Carolina, including Alamance, Chatham, Durham, and Orange counties until Thursday evening.
National Weather Service Science Operations Officer, Jonathan Blaes says there’s no way of knowing exactly when or where the rains may hit.
“The heavy rain will come in fits and starts,” Blaes says. “It will be, not widespread or to the affect where it’s raining all the time, but when we do get any showers or thunderstorms, they will be capable of producing extremely heavy rain. They’ll be slow-moving, so there’s a potential that when it rains hard, it could be raining very hard over any given location.”
And Blaes says there’s not just one cell that the Weather Service is monitoring.
“There’s not an obvious line or feature that’s easy to describe, but there will likely be multiple rounds of these kind of clusters of thunderstorms moving across central North Carolina during the next 12-24 hours,” Blaes says. “So, just because you have one go through doesn’t mean there won’t be any more later in the day or overnight.”
To see an up-to-date forecast, click here.http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/nws-the-heavy-rain-will-come-in-fits-and-starts/
CHAPEL HILL – A tree fell on the porch of “The Sisters” on Gimghoul road, just missing the house and the porch roof around 9:30 Monday morning. It was a spectacular site, but the twins are unhurt and the house is remarkably undamaged.
“The Sisters,” as they are known, are Chapel Hill’s iconic identical twins, Bernice Stiles and Barbara Wade, now 98 years old. They are known far and wide for their lovely garden, filled with spring and summer blooms that are chosen and cultivated so diligently that they are a destination attraction for locals and tourists alike.
When the garden is ready to be seen in the spring, they post a sign by the front walk, “The Garden Is Open.” Everyone is invited to stroll through and enjoy. The sign became the title of the first popup book by Chapel Hill author and artist Pamela Pease. A picture of The Sisters cottage was a dominant feature in that book. The home has been the subject of artists’ paintings for many years.
The sisters are so revered in the community that on the Battle Park corner of Gimghoul and Glandon roads, there is an open area that has been decorated with benches and markers designating it as, “The Sisters Corner.”
Thus, when the tree fell in such spectacular fashion blocking the view of the house from the road, there was widespread concern among many in the community. The large red oak was on the side of the house and fell on the part of the front porch that is uncovered.
Barbara and Bernice have asked us to tell everyone that they are just fine, that the sun will return, the tree will be gone and the garden will be “more beautiful than ever.”http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/the-sisters-garden-damaged-but-not-destroyed/
CHAPEL HILL – Camelot Village Condominium residents are facing severe water damage to their homes after more than seven inches of rain between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.
The Red Cross set up a shelter at Smith Middle School Sunday night for evacuated residents.
Monday morning, a Camelot Village resident of 14 years says he returned to his home from Smith Middle School with only a few saved belongings in hand.
“I’m in the back, G, we never get flooded, but it was so bad,” he says. “The water was up to the door. But they were telling everyone to get out and go. I went to the shelter. I just got back now to see if I could change. I was trying to save whatever I could save. I was throwing clothes on top of my bed. Everything was floating around. I’ve been in these apartments a long time and I’ve never seen it like this.”
Another CamelotVillage resident, Arnel Flowers says he tried to notify the people around him as the flood was rushing into his apartment.
“Early in the morning, about 4:30, I got up and knocked on peoples’ doors,” Flowers says I got as many people up as I could before the water rose too high.”
Now, Flowers says his next steps are saving his home.
“And now we’re back and I don’t know what’s going to happen, but we need to get this place secured enough so it’s livable again.”
Construction crews are helping repair the damaged homes. Joel Duvall, property manager for CamelotVillage recounts the flooding.
“On Sunday morning at about five’ o’clock, there was a flood that got into three buildings,” Duvall says. “Two restoration companies came down Sunday to start work on those three buildings. Sunday afternoon, the major flood hit and we have probably 76 units that have water in them.”
Duvall says he’s unsure when the homes will be habitable again.
“It may be as much as 60 days; we’re not sure.”
Marshall Wade, CamelotVillage resident had no damage to his home, but says his neighbors encountered water three to four feet deep.
“Most of those down there got water three and four feet deep,” Wade says. “In those apartments, they’ll not only have to pull the carpets out, but they will have to rip the sheetrock off the walls, replace a lot of the electrical outlets. Things like that.”
Wade says he worries if residents of CamelotVillage can survive another storm like Sunday’s.
“This place may not survive this one. This may be the end of CamelotVillage.”
CamelotVillage residents continue to restore their homes after the water damage.
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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC 545 AM EDT FRI JUN 7 2013 PERSON-GRANVILLE-VANCE-WARREN-FORSYTH-GUILFORD- ALAMANCE-ORANGE-DURHAM-FRANKLIN-DAVIDSON-RANDOLPH- CHATHAM-WAKE-STANLY-MONTGOMERY-MOORE-LEE-HARNETT- ANSON-RICHMOND-SCOTLAND-HOKE ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON... BANDS OF HEAVY RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL STORM ANDREA WILL AFFECT THE REGION THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. RAINFALL AMOUNTS ONE AND A HALF TO THREE INCHES ARE PROBABLE WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY EVENING. THE MAIN SEVERE WEATHER HAZARDS WILL BE LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS AND HAIL TO THE SIZE OF QUARTERS. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SKYWARN SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY SEVERE OR SIGNIFICANT WEATHER IMMEDIATELY TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
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329 PM EDT THU JUN 6 2013 ...TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS EXPECTED OVER CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA THROUGH FRIDAY... .A WARM FRONT MOVING NORTHWARD THROUGH CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY BROUGHT NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS... PRODUCING LOCALLY HEAVY DOWNPOURS AND RAINFALL AMOUNTS AROUND A HALF INCH. AN AREA OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL STORM ANDREA WILL OVERSPREAD CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA FROM THE SOUTH TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE AND TWO INCHES IN LESS THAN TWO HOURS ARE POSSIBLE. THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING ON CREEKS... STREAMS... AND IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. PERSON-GRANVILLE-VANCE-WARREN-HALIFAX-ALAMANCE-ORANGE-DURHAM- FRANKLIN-NASH-EDGECOMBE-CHATHAM-WAKE-JOHNSTON-WILSON-LEE- HARNETT-WAYNE-CUMBERLAND-SAMPSON INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ROXBORO...OXFORD...HENDERSON...WARRENTON... ROANOKE RAPIDS...BURLINGTON...CHAPEL HILL...DURHAM...LOUISBURG... NASHVILLE...ROCKY MOUNT...PITTSBORO...RALEIGH...SMITHFIELD...WILSON... SANFORD...LILLINGTON...GOLDSBORO...FAYETTEVILLE...CLINTON ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS EXPANDED THE * FLASH FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE A PORTION OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...ALAMANCE...CHATHAM...CUMBERLAND... DURHAM...EDGECOMBE...FRANKLIN...GRANVILLE...HALIFAX...HARNETT... JOHNSTON...LEE...NASH...ORANGE...PERSON...SAMPSON...VANCE... WAKE...WARREN...WAYNE AND WILSON. * THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON. * WIDESPREAD RAIN AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS WILL OCCUR TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY. STORM TOTAL RAINFALL OF ONE AND A HALF TO THREE INCHES IS EXPECTED. RAINFALL RATES OF ONE INCH PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE. THIS RAINFALL IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. IN ADDITION...URBAN FLOODING MAY OCCUR IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS SUCH AS HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION SITES...AND RAILROAD AND HIGHWAY UNDERPASSES. * FLOODING ON CREEKS AND STREAMS IN THE WATCH AREA IS POSSIBLE. CONSIDERABLE STREET FLOODING... ESPECIALLY IN AREAS OF POOR DRAINAGE AND IN LOW LYING AREAS... CAN BE EXPECTED... MAKING DRIVING HAZARDOUS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. REMEMBER TO NEVER DRIVE THROUGH AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. EVERYONE ACROSS THE AREA SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS... AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
--- NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC 428 AM EDT THU JUN 6 2013 PERSON-GRANVILLE-VANCE-WARREN-HALIFAX-ALAMANCE- ORANGE-DURHAM- FRANKLIN-NASH-EDGECOMBE-CHATHAM- WAKE-JOHNSTON-WILSON-LEE-HARNETT- WAYNE- CUMBERLAND-SAMPSON THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA. DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT. SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL PRODUCE HEAVY DOWNPOURS LEADING TO RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF AN INCH IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. THIS MAY RESULT IN MINOR FLOODING OF STREETS AND POOR DRAINAGE. ALSO PONDING OF WATER ON THE HIGHWAYS MAY LEAD TO HYDROPLANING IF VEHICLES ARE TRAVELING TOO FAST. DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED FRIDAY AS TROPICAL STORM ANDREA MOVES NORTHEAST OVER THE COASTAL PLAIN. STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER THE COASTAL PLAIN WITH LOCALLY 5 INCHES POSSIBLE. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MAY NEED TO BE ISSUED LATER TODAY FOR TONIGHT AND FRIDAY ONCE THE TRACK OF ANDREA BECOMES MORE CERTAIN. IN ADDITION... GUSTY WINDS FRIDAY MAY REACH 35 MPH IN THE COASTAL PLAIN. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT. SKYWARN SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF TWO INCHES AS WELL AS ANY OTHER SEVERE OR SIGNIFICANT WEATHER IMMEDIATELY TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/hazardous-weather-outlook-today-through-wednesday/