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Southeastern N.C. Gets Rain, Is Triangle Next?

Posted December 22, 2007

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— Southeastern North Carolina, including Fayetteville, got a substantial rainfall on Friday, while the Triangle and central parts of the state looked forward to possible rain on Sunday.

WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner said it's possible the Triangle could see a 1/2 inch of rain Sunday afternoon, but the weather was expected to be quiet Monday and Tuesday.

More than an inch of ran fell Friday at some places in a swath of North Carolina from west of Fayetteville to the Pamlico Sound. Fayetteville reported 0.55 inches and Wilmington 0.69 inches, while Cape Hatteras and New Bern clocked with nearly 0.4 inches.

Only one-hundredth of an inch of rain was reported at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

"Southeastern parts of our viewing area saw some needed rainfall yesterday," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss said. "But a lot of us from the Triangle and into the northern coastal plain didn't get much in the way of rain, just clouds and cool northeast winds."

For Saturday, Moss predicted much of the same: "just a lot of clouds, a couple peeks of sun and a high temperature around 56," although there could be "some patches of drizzle."

On Sunday, however, a storm system could drop some rain on the Triangle, mostly in the afternoon and evening. The system will also bring a slight chance of thunderstorms and wind gusts up to 25 or 35 mph.

The weekend rainfall comes after the U.S. Drought Monitor released a report on Thursday showing two-thirds of the state in exceptional drought conditions and the remainder in extreme or severe drought.

Gov. Mike Easley called the drought the worst in the state's history, said it was everyone's "patriotic duty" to conserve water and asked water systems to implement tiered water pricing for excessive water use.

Moss said Sunday's rain would give a bit of relief from the drought but said rainfall totals would "probably not be the kind of big rain we had last weekend."

Those rains brought 1.2 inches to Raleigh, 1.6 to Fayetteville and 1.8 to Rocky Mount, and pushed back RDU's rainfall deficit from 9.88 to 9.01 inches. By Saturday morning, that deficit had crept back up to 9.34 inches.

Until December's rains, the Triangle waited six weeks for significant rainfall, since 2.19 inches fell on the capital city on Oct. 26.

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  • oldrebel Dec 23, 2007

    LOL enigma...roaches also comes to mind. :)

  • enigma1469 Dec 23, 2007

    Thats true northerns can live off about anything. They are the rats of the south.

  • toastingyoureffort Dec 23, 2007

    I hope that it never rains in Raleigh again so that natural selection favors northern transplants............

  • enigma1469 Dec 22, 2007

    I hope it never rains so Raleigh runs out of water and all of the yankees will go home.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 22, 2007

    The biggest problem that we have is that Raleigh oversold the capacity of the Falls Lake. The problem is not the drought, it's poor water management by the City of Raleigh and Corp of Engineers. None of the other area lakes are as low as the Falls Lake. Jordan, Kerr, and Gaston are all doing fairly well considering the drought.

    I went up I-85 a few weeks ago and passed over Gaston. You can't tell that we're in a drought looking at Gaston.

    I wonder why Raleigh isn't using Wake Forest's old water supply before Raleigh took over Wake Forest's water system. There is a reservoir east of Wake Forest that Wake Forest used to use for it's water supply.

  • randomguy0630 Dec 22, 2007

    hopefully we'll get a huge snowstorm in the coming weeks so all the meltoff will fill up our lakes.

  • ladyblue Dec 22, 2007

    Ladyblue has been faithfully doing the rain dance in Clayton but it's done little good so far. Maybe someone else can give it a try. Lordy. Time for Ladyblue to retire the dance. I hope we get some soon. I hate to see nature so dry, but then IMO,it is the time for earth to speed up in it's natural changes.

  • oldrebel Dec 22, 2007

    Well they needed it down there just as badly as we need it up here. Hopefully we'll get some breaks and some much needed rain. I'm thinking of canceling my membership in the Elizabeth Fan Club...she just ain't doin' them raindances right this year. LOL ;)