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A Bit of Wintry Weather

Posted December 5, 2007

The forecasts for the winter season all say "warmer than average," but don't tell that to Mother Nature today. 

Some parts of the Triangle saw a bit of wintry weather this morning, thanks to a fast-moving storm system moving in from the northwest.   Weather spotters in Cary, Chapel Hill, Rolesville, Roxboro, Tarboro, and Wake Forest all reported seeing at least a few flurries with the system this morning.  The ground was much too warm for anything to "stick", but it's nice to know the atmosphere hasn't forgotten how to snow on us from time to time.

This was also the first chance we've had to use DUALDoppler5000 to look at any kind of wintry weather.  DUALDuppler5000 is one of only about half a dozen radars in the entire country -- and the only one in the Carolinas -- that can differentiate between different kinds of precipitation, and we were able to see that in action for only the second time since we debuted it back in September.  As you can see in the screen grabs from this morning, it did a pretty good job of picking up on the light snow flurries that fell across the northern parts of the Triangle, as well as the somewhat heavier snow across parts of Virginia.

This is exciting, because now we can peer inside the storm to see what's actually there.  Before, we've been able to marry radar data with computer model data in order to come up with an estimate of what's out there.  While that's done a pretty good job, it can't compare to using this new technology to actually measure and detect what's going on inside the storm.  We're excited to be able to bring you this new innovation, especially as we head into the winter season. 

Just because it's forecast to be a "warmer than average" winter doesn't mean we won't see any kind of wintry weather, as today proves!

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  • Made In USA Dec 8, 2007

    I am so glad that WRAL chooses to invest in tools that they know will benefit their viewers in a big way.

  • ltbarkley Dec 6, 2007

    I saw some of this coming back from lunch. Very very very tiny snow flurries for less than 10 minutes (here in RTP). LET IT SNOW! :)

  • thewayitis Dec 6, 2007

    To me, it sure doesn't feel like a warmer winter so far. Sure, it was warm up until the end of October, but since then, there have been very few warm days. Many days in the 50s and low 60s, which I thought was about average for November here. Still too early in December to tell, but it sure hasn't been warm this first week.

  • kittiboo Dec 5, 2007

    Cool radar! Bring on the snow, I say!

  • TPanther775 Dec 5, 2007

    Where was all this wet snow? I never saw a flake ever hit the ground and I live right in the middle of where it says wet snow in Orange County.

  • BillSnerdley Dec 5, 2007

    Nice that WRAL has this dual doppler rader hardware and all its technology at its disposal. No sarcasm intended, but I doubt it will be put to much use this winter, if we are supposed to have a warmer than average winter with little to no precipitation.