Slow-moving storms dump rain on Raleigh, head south

Posted May 17, 2012

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— Slow-moving storms dumped rain on Raleigh and several counties south of the Triangle Thursday afternoon.

"We were hoping that there was going to be some shower and thunderstorm activity staying south and east of Raleigh today, but the dry air didn't quite get as far as we thought it would," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

Very strong storms blew across southern Wake County, impacting parts of Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina, before the weather system moved south into Harnett County shortly after 5 p.m.

Though the storms are strong enough to bring lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds, no severe weather watches or warnings have been issued.

"(There is) nothing severe out of this, but some of these storms could be a little on the gusty side, so be aware of that," said WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson.

Friday will be nicer with mostly sunny skies, less humidity and a high around 78 degrees.

"(It will be a) very comfortable day tomorrow," Johnson said. "The weekend will get off to a great start, but we start to see the humidity and the chance for thunderstorms return Sunday."

"We're going to kick this stubborn front out of here Thursday evening, but it's going to come rolling back in by Sunday, so we won't get rid of it for long," added WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "That summer-like pattern will be back by early next week and stay with us."

High temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 80s early next week, and a chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


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  • Ambygirl May 18, 2012

    simplelogic you know you are right about the timing. I was looking at the time stamp also and it's not matching up. And I was looking on the radar last night at home and it showed it was raining in our area but it had already come and gone. Something just isn't right in Gotham (as batman would say!). I'll try Intellicast and see how that works. Thanks for the tip!

  • simplelogic May 18, 2012

    Ambygirl, I've noticed for the past few months - maybe 3 or 4 - that many times we get the storms/rain WAY ahead of the radar. By the time the radar image gets to us, the rain has come and gone. The time stamp on the image is up to date, and this happens on computers both at home and at work. I don't know what's going on. I use Intellicast now for my radar updates. It's more sensitive and lots of times shows light rain that isn't hitting the ground, but it seems more accurate and definitely more timely than WRAL's radar has become.

  • kvaughn2 May 17, 2012

    Top this one... Next week WRAL will say were under a drought!!!

  • kampercam May 17, 2012

    Few hours ago WRAL headline said cold front brings clearing and lower humidity. In the story it was said only the SE coastal region could possibly see any storms :)

  • kampercam May 17, 2012

    I do use a different site called which is the best product. I only come here to read the humorous headlines and see what people post.

  • bacchianm May 17, 2012

    I can tell you right now, we had at least 2 to 3 inches in knightdale this afternoon, high winds and groudn to air lightening. Maybe wral studios got spared, but we got slammed.

  • JohnnyMcRonny May 17, 2012

    "Come wasnt THAT warm today. These are not pop-up afternoon storms we get in July or August. Some folks are WRAL aplogists to no end. Good grief."

    85degF seems pretty warm - certainly enough to create storms.

  • JohnnyMcRonny May 17, 2012

    WRAL called it this morning. They clearly stated that there was a possibly of storms S-SE of the triangle.

    If you don't like WRAL's forecasting then either use a different site or, better still, use multiple ones. I use WRAL and Wunderground for radar. I can tell a couple of hours out if it is likely to get stormy where I am. I mean, good grief. Cut ya whining.

  • The Chief is wrong May 17, 2012

    Come wasnt THAT warm today. These are not pop-up afternoon storms we get in July or August. Some folks are WRAL aplogists to no end. Good grief.

  • Ambygirl May 17, 2012

    simplelogic the radar I'm looking at here on this site is showing rain all over Wake, Johnston county. Not saying you are wrong by any means but it makes me wonder if there is something wrong with your computer maybe? Maybe not, just that I can see rain and storms on the radar they are showing right now that I can see.