Steady rain means less chance for severe weather

Posted July 11, 2012
Updated July 12, 2012

— Wednesday was a wet one across the Triangle, the second day of a cold front that settled over central North Carolina bringing showers, cloudy skies and cooler-than-usual temperatures.

The steady rain brought the chance for minor flooding in low-lying areas but lessened the possibility for thunderstorms, according to WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. 

"The atmosphere is more stable today because we started the day with significant cloud cover and never got really hot," Maze said. "That keeps any severe weather in check. "

There was little movement in the stalled front and rain could continue right into Thursday morning, Maze said. 

"It could end up being a little drier tomorrow, with the focus of the heavy rain shifting more toward the Triad and the mountains," he said.

Most parts of the Triangle will see a total of 1 to 3 inches of rain by Thursday afternoon; some areas could see even more. 

Sunshine will make its way into the forecast by the weekend as rain chances diminish Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will climb accordingly, topping out in the low 90s by the end of the weekend.


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  • aspenstreet1717 Jul 11, 2012

    when are we going to get relief from the rain and cool weather? Terrible.

  • hardycitrus Jul 11, 2012

    Notice it rains a couple times at week at RDU, even in droughts? In southern VA 220 goes over a ridge north of Martinsville, and that ridge seems to kick up a little storm that prevailing winds take south of Danville down to RDU.

  • storchheim Jul 11, 2012

    jblake, you're not too far from me. We got a bit of a storm right around 3, rain's been falling soft and steady ever since. The temps dropped to where I can open the windows, too.

  • jblake1932 Jul 11, 2012

    To be honest, they said most of the rain coverage was going to be south of the triangle. I'm glad they were wrong again.

  • OneLove Jul 11, 2012

    Nooks-N-Crannies ~ thank you! That makes sense!

  • aspenstreet1717 Jul 11, 2012

    71 degrees global cooling is to blame.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 11, 2012

    Hans - "You got it. Is there some reason for this? It's happened way to many times over the years for it to be a coincidence."

    It's because I live here.


    No seriously, I don't know but I'd sure like to hear some scientist's take on it cause you can watch it happen on the radar time after time after time.

    As for the I-95 corridor catching storms, the heat rising from blacktop over that large an area can create its own weather if given the right conditions.

  • jblake1932 Jul 11, 2012

    Oh well, its gone. Guess that was our 1-3 inches.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 11, 2012

    Obamacare Tax - "I'll take this for the rest of the summer. Last week sucked!"

    I agree on both counts.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 11, 2012

    Loving this rain. Peaceful and nourishing for every living thing. It's like nature has taken a huge sigh drinking it all in.