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'Pulse-type' thunderstorms roll through central NC

Posted July 9, 2013

— Thunder rolled and lightning cracked over Raleigh Tuesday afternoon as the daily dose of summer storms let loose, dumping heavy rains on parts of the Triangle and Sand Hills.

Southern Wake County, including areas of Garner and Fuquay-Varina, got pummeled with heavy rain, cloud-to-ground lightning and wind gusts around 4 p.m. 

In Fayetteville, where storms were more concentrated, flash floods gushed down Ramsey Street before receding.

"These are what we call pulse-type storms. They ramp up very quickly and then die down just as quickly," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. 


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On Wednesday, it will happen all over again.

"Rain and storms will play a more prominent role in our forecast as the week wears on," Maze said.

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  • gobbledygook Jul 10, 2013

    @jblake1932 Meteorology has slightly changed in terminology since the 50s, when you studied it.

    Pop up, single cell, and pulse type are pretty much the same thing.

  • jblake1932 Jul 10, 2013

    obamacare: I was thinking the same thing. Last nite, the lightning and thunder was horrindus, but we got no rain. I guess the storms will have to have a flat line rating once they fizzle, huh? And, if they revive, then the storms could say they have been to the after life and back. It's just too confusing for me!
    gobbled: The names are not the same meaning. If you study meterology as I and obamacare does, you would know this. :)

  • Obamacare rules Jul 10, 2013

    Thomas, I'm going to pick some delicious ripe apples from my trees this afternoon. Can't wait to bake a warm apple pie this weekend!

  • Obamacare rules Jul 10, 2013

    jblake, these storms flatlined by the time they made it to my house. The yard is beginning to get very dry again.

  • gobbledygook Jul 10, 2013

    @jblake1932 what are you talking about? Pop up, single cell, and pulse type storms are all the same thing. Only you would compare pulse type storms to a heart beat. SMH

  • ThomasL Jul 10, 2013

    So we have a new word for north Carolina summer weather"pulse storms" instead of just lousy north carolina weather,the kind that just makes you wish the next couple of months would just fly by so the colder air will stop this dreary mess.WILL IT EVER END!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jul 10, 2013

    "Dee Songer of Fuquay-Varina emailed WRAL that that thunder was so loud it rattled her knickers and her entertainment center."

    In her trailer no less!

  • jblake1932 Jul 10, 2013

    "pulse type thunderstorms"? Another "term" invented,huh? What about the old "pop up" term? I like that one better. These storms don't have a "heart beat", as in pulse. smh.

  • davidgnews Jul 9, 2013

    Our phones keep ringing from the lightning. It was neat timing the thunder as it approached, then moved on "down the line."

  • pappybigtuna1 Jul 9, 2013

    Got hail, wind enough to blow your dress up, rain about 1 1/2 inches in 30 mins.

    No kit flying today, may be crazy but I'm not nuts

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