Strong winds hit eastern North Carolina early Wednesday and continued at times through the day. Wind gusts exceeded 40 mph at nearly all locations with a few areas exceeding 60 mph. There were numerous report of storm damage and power outages. Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries.
The reason for the strong winds occurred as a strong ridge of high pressure over the Southeast tried to remain entrenched in the area with mild to warm air.. However, a developing area of low pressure to our north, along with a strong cold front, is pushing hard against the ridge and the pressure gradient developing has caused the storminess of today. The ridge is basically taking a beating and will relinquish its grip to increasingly strong cold fronts and storms over the next two weeks. Thus we'll see an increasing penetration of cold air from the north and west as we move into the middle of next week. In fact, we have a chance at some of the coldest weather in a decade by the middle to latter part of next week, especially if we get any snow cover close to us. I'll keep you updated as we head into the icy abyss of winter.