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Sunday's Soaking to Be Followed by 'Beautiful Day' Monday

Posted December 29, 2007
Updated December 31, 2007

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— After the Triangle’s soaking on Sunday, residents can expect a “beautiful day” Monday with temperatures reaching into the high 50s or low 60s, according to WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner.

Sunday's rain was a welcomed sight as the Triangle continues to struggle from record drought conditions. Substantial rainfall was reported Sunday afternoon across the WRAL viewing area.

RDU International received 1.92 inches of rain combined on Saturday and Sunday, breaking the record for that date. Sanford saw a strong soaking over the past two days with 2.58 inches of rain.

Thunderstorms mixed in with the rain in Robeson, Columbus and Bladen counties. There was a chance for thunder and lightning in the Triangle area later Sunday.

Temperatures Sunday ranged from the low 50s in the north, to the low 60s in the south. In the evening, temperatures hovered around the mid to upper 30s.

On Thursday, Raleigh had about 95 days of drinking water left in Falls Lake. City officials plan to implement tougher water restrictions once the supply drops to 90 days.

Durham's two primary reservoirs, Lake Michie and the Little River Reservoir, have about 36 days of quality drinking water left between them. Officials hope the 600 million gallons of water in Teer Quarry will extend the available drinking water supply by about a month. City crews began installing a tap at Teer Quarry last week.

Seventy-eight of North Carolina's 100 counties, including the Triangle, are experiencing exceptional drought conditions, the worst of five categories monitored by the state Drought Management Advisory Council.

Nine counties are experiencing extreme drought, while 13 counties in the eastern end of the state are experiencing severe drought, according to the council's latest report.

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  • fedupwithitall Dec 31, 2007

    getrealpeople....right on...great comment. someone that knows what they are talking about.

  • fedupwithitall Dec 31, 2007

    To further explain my point, pretty much every decent sized town in the southeast (from parts of virginia to florida) had problems due to the drought, while these same towns have never really had water problems before. Did everytown in the southeast suddenly become irresponsible when it comes to water conservation this year? Or, is it perhaps because they too were suffering from a severe drought just like we were. Think about it people.

  • fedupwithitall Dec 31, 2007

    Mungo,

    I don't think anyone here said that this is an "epic" drought. However, this has been one of, if not the worse drought in North Carolina's history. If you people continue to debate this point, you are only showing your ignorance.

    To illustrate my point, farmers suffered huge losses this year due to the drought. They needed rain for their crops, and the rain did not come. They did not suffer b/c Falls Lake is being overburdened, they suffered b/c we experienced the worst drought in NC's history.

    People that continue to debate the fact that we have had a horrible drought this year are either not from around here or simply do not know what the heck they are talking about.

    THE REASON WATER LEVELS WENT DOWN SO LOW THIS SUMMER IS SIMPLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT WE EXPERIENCED NC'S WORST DROUGHT ON RECORD. WATER DEMAND DID NOT HELP THE ISSUE, BUT IT WAS NOT THE CAUSE. IN YEARS OF NORMAL RAIN, OR EVEN SLIGHT DROUGHT, WE ARE FINE. THIS YEAR WAS AN EXCEPTION.

  • TheWB Dec 31, 2007

    To heck with the beautiful day, keep up the soaking, soak, soak soak !!!

  • gopanthers Dec 31, 2007

    Correction - Jan is on average one of the wettest months. Sorry for mis-understand in my last post.

  • ThePunisher Dec 31, 2007

    Falls Lake, Raleigh's water supply is now up about a foot overall. That's good news!

    http: //155.82.232.72/dssfalls.txt

  • gopanthers Dec 31, 2007

    I had heard and done some reserach on the Internet about the yearly average Rain Fall in the N.C..... Jan is right up there with the most (average) rain fall amounts. Lets hope we get about average rainfall for January. (:

  • getrealpeople Dec 31, 2007

    Comparing Cary to Raleigh is like Comparing Cary to Lizard Lick. Cary uses about 9-10 mgd not including Apex, etc. Cary's peak summer demand was record at 27mgd. Raleigh had record demand of 77 mgd and now averages 39-40 mgd. Cary water is about 4 times the cost too! The area has done everything to pipe rain or stormwater away and not save it. Look at the USGS for Crabtree Creek and Wake County. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/current?type=flow&group_key=county_cd&search_site_no_station_nm=

  • bobbyj Dec 31, 2007

    Mungo- someone who gets it. The drought is madia driven. guess what happens today we go back to zero the rain for the year. ast year we were 10 imches ahead

  • gopanthers Dec 31, 2007

    whoops that's "run off". Give me a break ok? Just got up.

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