'Fabulous' Weather Expected on Christmas Eve

Posted December 23, 2007
Updated December 24, 2007

— Triangle residents can expect an early Christmas present Monday when "fabulous" weather rolls through the area, according to WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner.

Calm weather mixed with sunny skies will greet residents Monday morning with temperatures in the 40s, later rising to the mid 50s. Temperatures were expected to drop Monday night in the mid-30s.

Rain is not in the forecast Monday, but some light rain might fall in the southeastern part of the state on Christmas Day.

Clouds and fog permeated the region early Sunday, creating poor visibility, but gave way to rain by around mid-day. A cold front moved from western North Carolina into the Triangle region, bringing with it a wide band of showers.

By Sunday afternoon, a tenth of an inch of rain had fallen onto the Triangle.

Daylight Sunday began with temperatures across the region already in the low 50s – only a degree or two shy of the normal high for Dec. 23. At 5:30 p.m., Raleigh was at 63 degrees.

On Sunday, Raleigh had a rainfall deficit of 9.44 inches for the year. The capital city's most recent significant rainfall came last weekend when 1.2 inches fell, while Fayetteville and eastern North Carolina saw rainfall totals between half and three-quarters of an inch come down on Friday.


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  • UpwardlyMobile Dec 24, 2007

    I'm so happy about the rain

  • slappyh99 Dec 24, 2007

    I agree with you patriotsrevenge.

  • paddie Dec 24, 2007

    "Fabulous" weather for this area would be a whole day of nice soaking rainfall. Kim Deaner needs to get a clue. I am so tired of weather people in general referring to rain as a bad thing. They do it all the time on the weather channel.

  • wyheel Dec 24, 2007

    If it isn't white and snowy on Christmas Eve/day...

    I'm dreaming of a white Christmas... just like the one I've never known..... la la la

  • Myword Dec 23, 2007

    Forget a White Christmas...just let the rain fall again on Tuesday Santa!

  • patriotsrevenge Dec 23, 2007

    Kim Deaner is so hot!!!

  • EGH3 Dec 23, 2007


  • USA Dec 23, 2007

    37 - Ms. Gardner was calling for 1/2 to 1 inch for most of the week.

  • bushretard Dec 23, 2007

    Two comments:

    1. The USCOE made a mistake when they calculated the final volume of Falls Lake - the surface area at 252.5 (normal level) is less than they thought, thus Raleigh has a smaller water supply than originally anticipated. There was talk in the late 80's about raising the normal level by 2 feet or so, but I guess that idea was dropped.

    2. Gaston will never show the effects of a drought because its level is fixed by federal law; water is released from Kerr to keep Gaston at a nearly constant level.

  • 37 Dec 23, 2007

    "What happened to the good chance they talked about all week"

    There was a good chance. It did rain. I don't think it was ever stated that we had a good chance for a substantial rainfall.