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Showers for Some Lucky Folks, But Drought Remains

Posted October 18, 2007

Some areas in and around the Triangle saw rain Thursday, and the forecast calls for an even better chance of rain on Friday. But it wasn't enough to dampen a deepening drought.

DUALDoppler5000 radar showed rain showers Thursday in parts of Wake, Johnston, Chatham, Franklin, Vance and Granville counties.

The Raleigh-Durham International Airport reported 0.04 inches of rain as of 2 p.m. Rain was last reported there on Oct. 10, when 0.04 inches fell, and Oct. 5, when 0.13 inches were recorded.

Despite the showers, most of the state is still experiencing exceptional drought conditions that will only be cured by steady, soaking rains for many days, meteorologists say.

The latest report from the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council, issued Thursday, showed 71 of the state's 100 counties were in exceptional drought, the worst of five categories the state monitors. That was up from 56 counties last week.

The entire Triangle is included in the exceptional drought area.

The number of counties experiencing extreme drought conditions dropped from 30 to 18, but the only three counties that were listed in moderate drought a week ago – Carteret, Hyde and Pamlico – were added to the severe drought list.

The prospects for more rain will improve on Friday with the passing of a cold front.

The instability in the atmosphere will be the greatest Friday afternoon and early evening. The Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma says the Triangle area has a slight risk for severe storms. The main threat would be strong winds.

Once the front passes, a cooler, drier air mass will be in place for Saturday.


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  • Fandemonium Oct 19, 2007

    "Large rain shield is moving into Wake County from the southwest."

    Exactly - the "shield" is shielding us from the rain!!! Some forecast!!!!!!!

  • oldrebel Oct 19, 2007

    well maybe not a majority, but some. How's that. My hat's off to multilingual's. But to turn the argument around and say people who speak only one language are "sub" is elitism.

  • oldrebel Oct 19, 2007

    re:".... a Majority of the population of other countries...." LOL....A majority of other countries could fit into some of our counties. No doubt they need different languages to get around.

  • strolling bones Oct 19, 2007

    no rain in the mountains

  • dhamma Oct 19, 2007

    camphost07, I hope you get some of the rain, I really really do. Not fair for us to get it all. Still raining here.

  • dhamma Oct 19, 2007

    "Did no one ever tell you it is rude to use a sub-standard language in public."

    Thats funny, A majority of the US population can only speak one language while a Majority of the population of other countries speak multiple languages. How do you define a language as substandard? To me substandard is believing your superior to everyone else.

  • camphost Oct 19, 2007

    @dhamma...You were very fortunate to get the rain...Harnett County is one of those "small areas" that got a sprinkle.

  • dhamma Oct 19, 2007

    Title of this story is interesting to me. Yesterday on my drive home from Cary to Raleigh it rained non stop, very heavy. It rained after I got home for hours, it was raining non stop this morning all the way back to Cary. So I guess these scattered showers followed me. I think the Radar is wrong this time. I find it hard to believe that only "Some Areas" saw a little rain.

  • Cats Oct 19, 2007

    nobstoday32. It's painfully obvious no one ever told you.

  • Cats Oct 19, 2007

    Large rain shield is moving into Wake County from the southwest. Should be raining in west Raleigh by 4:00 AM. The dewpoint is high so maybe it will hold together. Looks like most of us west of I-95 should get steady rain for at least a few hours.