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More Rain on Tap This Weekend

Posted December 28, 2007
Updated December 29, 2007

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— The Triangle will not see any drought-busting rainfall this weekend, but it will get a small soaking over the next few days.

A system brought rain and thunderstorms across the Triad and into Virginia Friday afternoon. Alamance, Person, Granville and Vance counties saw some steady rain, but spotty showers were expected across the rest of the Triangle region, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

After the front passes Saturday, Maze said temperatures could reach the upper 60s Saturday before another system moves across North Carolina Sunday, bringing rain and lower temperatures, Maze said.

Data from WRAL WeatherScope suggests the two weekend systems could dump nearly 1.5 inches of rain in Raleigh by noon Monday.

Maze said the location of a low-pressure system moving up the coast would determine how much rain the region gets.

Highs Sunday should remain in the 40s, and by Wednesday, colder, drier air moving in from the northwest could keep high temperatures in the 30s, he said.

"This is going to be an event that affects more eastern and central North Carolina instead of western and central North Carolina," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "That will really up our rainfall totals for the weekend."

Almost an inch of rain was recorded Wednesday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. That rain left the Triangle 8.78 inches below normal for the year.

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  • shep8851 Dec 28, 2007

    It may be my age showing through here--but I remember way back when during a drought that clouds were "seeded" with silver iodide or similar substances in order to "force" it to rain. Wonder if we still do that now?

  • poohperson2000 Dec 28, 2007

    The fact they even include anything about the upcoming rain, in anything other than the forecast tells you they are grasping for straws. Then they insult you intellegence even more with the comments that it will not eliminate the drought.

  • gopanthers Dec 28, 2007

    owlady - Well slap me upside the head and call me stupid. I didn't know that!!. LOL - Just playing. You and the other poster are right on the money.

  • owlady Dec 28, 2007

    yes, I have to agree with a blogger here.
    Every time they mention that we are getting some rain, they have to add, "but this rain event will not end the drought". NO Kidding??!!
    I think we are all smart enough to know that!

  • charlesboyer Dec 28, 2007

    I wonder why our in-bed-with-the-politicians local media almost refuses to ask hard nosed questions of our leaders. We've had droughts before. We'll have them again -- and with a bigger population. But all we hear is "conserve" and not "we need to expand too."

    Simple math will tell you that with every new resident of the Triangle that there is a smaller share of available resources for everyone. It's been that way for 25 years, ever since Jordan and Falls Lakes were built. Now, the strain is showing, and it is bound to hurt the local economy. But what do we hear from our politicians? Nothing.

    The media claims that it is the local watchdog. I don't think so, rather, they have been the lapdog of the local (so-called) leaders. Why hasn't the N&O, or WRAL or any other station done a major investigative piece that fully answered how we got here, and what are the range of choices for the solutions were need now and in the future?

  • Sopranos Justice Dec 28, 2007

    Gov't officials need to now find the infrastructure to support the growth.

    I agree as well. Remember, this is the worst drought in NC's recorded history, and has been a few years in the making. What it has done has exposed a "weak link" in the growth chain, that needs to be addressed in the near future. Problem is that in the years before the drought, we had plenty of water, and who was going to seriously listen to someone saying "we will be out of water when the drought comes!!!" Sometime shinola happens and all we can do is learn from it, and make adjustments so it won't happen again.

  • Rocknhorse Dec 28, 2007

    Panthers-I agree! While I will not negate the fact that our rain fall has been low this year, I do not think things are as "bad" as the politicians are saying. Water is a 100% renewable resource. It cannot be destroyed. It might turn to steam (evaporate) but it always comes back down again. When you bring water up out of the ground, it goes back down again.

    I'm not saying that I don't believe in conservation. I conserve as much as I can. But I feel that the growth w/o regard to infrastructure is the culprit. Gov't officials need to now find the infrastructure to support the growth.

  • gopanthers Dec 28, 2007

    Honest Question - I personally think (yes this water issue is very very serious) but I can't imagine an area such as ours running out of water in this day and age and in America (seems like something you would see on the Si-Fi Channel) but my question is - Isn't it possible that the government has planned for this kind of situation with back up systems that in which we just really don't know about? Mabye it's some big secret with the government or something. Please don't think I'm an idiot I just have truly thought about this many times. I just find this so un-believeable.

  • Hammerhead Dec 28, 2007

    Bulldozer, your last sentence is the most sensible one here. ALWAYS conserve! We can live without a lot of things, but oxygen and water are at the top of the list. Short showers, collect rainwater for your plants, don't water your stupid lawn, and use drought-resistant plants for landscaping. My landscape looked pretty good for the most part all summer and fall. The watering I did was with rainwater that I collected. I have never watered my lawn.....ever.

  • thewayitis Dec 28, 2007

    I think a regional water authority would be a terrible thing. It wouldn't be long before the state government takes over. Well, heck, the state government is already trying to do this. And when the state government becomes involved, you know the taxes will go up.

    I, personally, think that the state go'ment O-ficials are really enjoying this water crisis -- they are plotting ways to use this as an excuse to increase taxes and fees, never to go away again, even when the rains do come...

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