Yes! Much-Needed Rain on the Way

Posted October 23, 2007
Updated October 24, 2007

— A gift of rain, possibly heavy at times, was in the offing for a bone-dry Triangle on Wednesday and Thursday and might even stretch into Saturday, WRAL meteorologists said.

"No one event is going to end a drought that has built up for months, but the recovery has to start somewhere, and it looks like it will, at least temporarily, over the next couple of days," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Tuesday night.

Warm, moist air is going to be pushed in from the Atlantic Ocean, Fishel said, while a cold front comes to meet it from the northwest.

"You feed all this moisture into that area near the front where the air is coming together and going up, and the potential is definitely there for a goodly amount of rain," Fishel said.

After spotty showers during the morning, Wednesday afternoon should bring steadier rain, possibly with thunderstorms. Rain probably will continue Wednesday night and Thursday, Fishel said, and scattered rain could last into Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday night, the first fingers of the weather system began to move across the area, and some thunderstorms developed.

Shortly after 9 p.m., the National Weather Service said thunderstorms with wind gusts near 40 mph approached Siler City and moved northeast. Heavy rain was reported for a time in Chapel Hill.

The storms were moving northeast.

Greensboro reported light rain, as did Asheville.

By Saturday, many areas are likely to have seen at least an inch, and some spots may see 2 inches or more, Fishel said.

The last time Raleigh saw a rainfall this substantial was on Sept. 19, when 1.91 inches were recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.


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  • ITeechTeens Oct 24, 2007

    All of those rainy days!!!!! (ja rule with mary j blige)

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Oct 24, 2007

    Tarheel, I agree that they are the heaviest offenders but in my middle-class neighborhood there are few people, probably 10% or so, who do the same stupid things.

    And don't get me started about people washing cars, that's even worse in my book... Let's see, a clean car(for a week, tops)? or water to drink and bath in 90 days from now? hmmmm....

  • Nancy Oct 24, 2007

    Wonderful rain in Fuquay area and north of Fuquay - replete with rolling thunder...wonderful sound and sight!

    Looking forward to more of the same!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 24, 2007

    Most people neither waste or conserve water in their daily activities.

    The problem is the self centered affluent who can afford to water their yards day and night so that the yards look like putting greens.

    The city should fine every property owner that has a green putting green yard for wasting water and endangering the well being of the community.

    This isn't going to happen. The affluent never get penalized for their actions and the rest of us suffer as a result of their actions.

  • icy148 Oct 24, 2007

    You know, as much as we need it, I'd be willing to share it with those poor souls on the west coast. I lived in San Diego (loonnnng ago) and once there was a large forest fire a hundred miles north - we didn't see the sun for THREE days and ash fell everywhere the entire time..., but, since that's not our choice to make - HALLELUJAH.

  • oldrebel Oct 24, 2007

    Having a great thunderstorm at the moment here on the east side of Lee County. Woke up to it this morning and laid there savoring the fact that it was raining and I am off today! Whoooo Whoooo Thanks Elizabeth. ;)

  • tmedlin Oct 24, 2007

    just had a nice little downpour in Fuquay area

  • billy Oct 24, 2007

    Pray for a gully washer

  • ptahandatum Oct 24, 2007

    See? I told you Zeus would send rain when it was time. You have to love a god like that.

  • What The Deuce Oct 24, 2007

    I wonder how much water consumption goes up when it rains. I'll bet some people think the drought is over with just a little bit of rain.

    I was talking with some neighbors last night and NONE of them are doing much of anything to conserve water. I wonder if this is the case with much of the people in our area.