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Showers, storms to linger throughout weekend as front stalls

Posted July 20, 2012

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— An approaching cold front that will stall over central North Carolina this weekend spawned thunderstorms across much of the area Friday afternoon, with some spots seeing heavy downpours and numerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. 

Heavy precipitation and strong storms will taper off through the evening hours before firing back up Saturday afternoon, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. 

Storms developed more quickly in areas to the south and east of the Triangle Friday afternoon thanks to sunshine that crept through the clouds after lunchtime. 

"The clouds we saw this morning in the Triangle kept temperatures down a bit, and that kept the instability down," WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said. 

In Fayetteville and surrounding areas, a sunny morning meant a warmer day overall and a greater chance for storms. 

The slow-moving front will keep rain chances in the forecast Saturday and Sunday while also knocking down high temperatures. Despite the brief break, temperatures will warm back into the mid and upper 90s by early next week. 

"Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the front's going to bring us cooler and drier air," Fishel said of the cold front. "It's mainly just going to knock down our temperature this weekend because it's going to be cloudy and rainy. But it's still going to be humid as all get out and really isn't going to be all that pleasant."

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 20, 2012

    Well, whatchuno - we finally got rain in NE Harnett County. Yipee!!!

  • jblake1932 Jul 20, 2012

    I think they are wrong again! We are getting a severe storm in the northern part of the viewing area as I type and this is the second one to come through in less than an hour!! Go figure!!

  • ncsuwx Jul 20, 2012

    Anyone else think the sensitivity on the doppler is off all week? Seems like we've gotten lightning and thunder several days when only a small light green area is showing nearby. Shouldn't a thunderstorm show up as more than a light green?

    Radar intensity is a way to "see" through rain. A pulse of energy is beamed through a cloud and the amount of echo returned will give the intensity of precipitation. The echo is actually a reflection of the energy and a computer will generate a color code to indicate the amount of precipitation. It has nothing to do with thunder and lightning.

  • bohica2 Jul 20, 2012

    Anyone else think the sensitivity on the doppler is off all week? Seems like we've gotten lightning and thunder several days when only a small light green area is showing nearby. Shouldn't a thunderstorm show up as more than a light green?

  • Southern Discomfort Jul 20, 2012

    It has been pouring in Downtown Raleigh now for an hour. The streets are like rivers with rushing water that the storm drains just cant's handdle.

  • tootiefrootie Jul 20, 2012

    As usual, rain is either north or south of us. We could use some rain here in eastern Wake County.

  • jblake1932 Jul 20, 2012

    Oh, really? Boy, I'm not a weatherman and I can look at the radar and make that assumption!! GEESH!!

  • OneLove Jul 20, 2012

    great. just GREAT. Wanted to mow that lawn this afternoon!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 20, 2012

    Will probably get what we got yesterday. HUGE storm entered Harnett County, which pretty promptly sucked the life out of it leaving us with about 24 drops on our deck, as usual for us here. sigh

  • pecola Jul 20, 2012

    Not looking forward to that humidity. Ugh.

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