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Meteorologist: "A Little Bit of Hope" for Wet Weather

Posted September 6, 2007

— A low-pressure system swirling in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday appeared less likely to bring much-needed rain to North Carolina than had seemed possible earlier in the week.

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said there is "a little bit of hope for a little bit of wet weather" in eastern North Carolina on Sunday, but nothing to get too excited about.

The system continued to weaken Thursday – to the point that it was disorganized – and it still hasn't shown signs of tropical development.

"It is just a swirl of low-level cloud cover," Fishel said. "It's just pathetic."

A trough along the Carolinas coast has created upper-level winds that have ripped the system apart over the past day, he said.

Earlier forecasts had called for the trough to split, creating more favorable conditions for the system to organize and possibly take on tropical characteristics, he said. Now, however, there is no sign that the trough will do that, he said.

"It's definitely struggling right now," Fishel said.

Even if a tropical storm managed to organize itself, however, weather officials said it is still unknown how much rain, if any, North Carolina would receive.

Computer models of area weather showed the system taking a variety of tracks. Some models said it would move along the Outer Banks. Other models show it striking near the North Carolina-South Carolina line, and others predicted it would travel further out into the ocean, staying off-shore completely.

If the system manages to become a tropical storm, it would be named Gabrielle.


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  • zeitghost Sep 7, 2007

    I've tried doing rain dances but my wife keeps telling me to put my clothes on and get back in the house.

  • Steve Crisp Sep 7, 2007

    Yes. And my one commment was a joke because the story is a non-story as a whole. Nuclear weapons are flown around the country all the time in various configurations. They are not armed, though. If one of those weapons were to have fallen off -- or even fired accidently -- it would not have detonated; you have to activate them before they turn into atomic weapons. Prior to that they are just heavy clumps of stuff.

    And the comment about the left wing news sources of course did not include the BBC. My point was that it took you two days to get to a reputable news source in the first place.

  • WTFmph Sep 7, 2007

    Thanks, Steve Crisp ...

    For your underplaying of WRAL's underplaying of a major screw up on our government's part. I see that the article got all of 2 comments (one of them yours).

    I think if it had been on the site for more than a few nanoseconds, others WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEM AFFECTED BY THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS would have had more to say.

    I have respected you in the past, but for you to call the BBC a "left-wing conspiracy" web-site, I must write you off at this point as a person who resorts to stupid unfounded attacks on those with whom you don't agree.

  • gopanthers Sep 7, 2007

    Gone Gone Gone!

  • Steve Crisp Sep 7, 2007

    Not only did WRAL run the story in the home page at http://www.wral.com/news/national_world/national/story/1778280/ ,
    But it was carried by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the London Times, the New York Post, and the Atlanta Journal as well at the AP newswire and Reuters. At least those are the places I saw the story on the 5th when it broke.

    Perhaps if you were not so intently busy surfing ultra left wing conspiracy web sites you may have a better shot at keeping current with the real news.

  • WTFmph Sep 7, 2007

    I'm praying for rain, and if I thought it would do any good, I'd do a spiritual rain dance.

    More disturbing is the fact that Mr. Bush's administration is responsible for letting a B-52 bomber transport six ARMED nuclear cruise missles "by accident" from North Dakota to Louisiana on August 30, and the only way we are hearing about it today is via the BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6980204.stm

    Great reporting WRAL.

    Oh, but you are too busy violating the constitution by interferring with free speech.

  • Steve Crisp Sep 7, 2007

    To ptahandatum:

    Don't you ever find it a bit unnerving to worship Zeus? A god who takes on human form on a regular basis for the sole purpose of raping human women?

    Or is that some kind of shared fantasy you have?

  • Dr Holliday Sep 6, 2007

    What a waste of energy.

  • BLOCKHEAD Sep 6, 2007

    fiestysp : No I dont beleive there is "A Devil"

    "The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary, Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness"

    swisher1: I am not trying to convince anybody of anything.
    Just raising questions ? Just my Opinion ? Just seems like "He" is only credited with the "Good" things and never with "All" things.

    No need to feel sorry for me. I do just fine. Thanks for your concern though. Free will for all. I never said you were wrong?
    With all the thumper's around here though you would think "He" would pay some special attention and send some much needed rain.
    I guess the suffering is what it's all about, I should have been a Buddhist.

    Is it hot here or is it just me, I think I'll go jump in the pool now, I'm about to burst into flames !

  • momof2 Sep 6, 2007

    His dog could be named "Chip". Fishel and Chips--LOL Okay that was lame... Been watching Greg way too long!