Gloomy, wet work week on tap
Posted August 20, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — A stalled weather system that brought record rain to Raleigh and a water spout to Cape Hatteras Sunday will continue to stir up clouds and storm chances throughout most of the work week.
Rain moved out from the Triangle into eastern North Carolina by late morning, but WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said the "very soupy" atmosphere could lead to more showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.
Thick clouds kept temperatures down. The noon temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport was 74 degrees, and the high was expected to reach only 82 degrees.
Gray, gloomy weather will last through Thursday. Hit-and-miss showers are possible each day, and the highs won't get above the mid 80s.
"It's not going to rain the whole time, but (the stalled front) will enhance our shower and thunderstorm chances , especially in the afternoon and evening hours," Johnson said.
The rains only added to the weekend record at RDU. Almost 2¼ inches of rain fell at the airport between noon Saturday and noon Monday. Southern Pines also saw more than 2 inches of rain in that span, while Fayetteville saw 0.86 inch and Rocky Mount 0.33 inch.
Relief from rainy weather will come just in time for the weekend, when highs will rise back into the upper 80s.
"We should see a lot of sunshine both of those days as drier air drifts into the area," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. "That’ll be kind of a nice break. We can always use the rain, but we’ve gotten a good bit here lately, and a chance to dry out would be pretty nice."