Gloomy, wet work week on tap

Posted August 20, 2012

— 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."


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  • jblake1932 Aug 20, 2012

    Eight named storms, with none really making "storm status. They build it up so the stats will be better. I'm telling ya, ncsuwx, don't rush out to buy a generator yet, my good friend. Just send WRAL the money and they can fine tune the ole Doppler Radar!

  • ncsuwx Aug 20, 2012


    We're just now getting into the peak of the hurricane season and there have already been 8 storms.

  • Hans Aug 20, 2012

    "I'll take Gloomy over 100+ any day of the week." - The Oracle

    Amen to that.

  • Obamacare returns Aug 20, 2012

    Thanks jblake.....I might head to Portugal so I can experience at least 1 hurricane this season.

  • jblake1932 Aug 20, 2012

    By the way, my fans, the Atlantic Hurricane Prediction forecasts will be off by a wide margin this year, with hardly any storms and none to hit the mainland US.

  • The Oracle Aug 20, 2012

    I'll take Gloomy over 100+ any day of the week.

  • jblake1932 Aug 20, 2012

    I appreciate all the compliments folks. It helps my self esteem!

  • Obamacare returns Aug 20, 2012

    jblake1932 is always right. I usually wait until he checks in before I plan my day.

  • americaneel Aug 20, 2012

    Not sure why everyone even pays attention to the WRAL forecast. We have our very own self proclaimed expert, which is the one and only jblake1932.

  • Obamacare returns Aug 20, 2012

    With that pic in the headline, you'd think the title would read "Windy and potentially deadly, wet work week on tap."