After Friday's Rain, 'Guilt-Free' Weekend Weather on Tap

Posted February 1, 2008

— Spring-like weather rolled into Raleigh on Friday: morning and afternoon rain and mild temperatures were predicted for the weekend.

"It’s almost like a guilt-free forecast,"  WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "We had this nice round of rain today, and then we can sort of enjoy our sunshine and mild temperatures over the weekend, especially because we might have a few more light, spotty showers on Monday."

More than 0.8 inch of rain was recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, while Burlington topped an inch and more than 1.5 inches fell in Roanoke Rapids. Less rain fell to the south, with Fayetteville recording about a half-inch and Lumberton less than a quarter-inch. In the west, Ashville reported getting 1.8 inches.

"(It was) definitely a worthwhile weather event," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

A cold front had pushed the rain through the Triangle by mid-afternoon, ushering in winds from the southwest and mild temperatures for the weekend.

Friday's high temperature reached 60 degrees in Raleigh, and forecasts called for highs in the low to mid-60s on Saturday and Sunday.

The region could see some sprinkles on Monday and again Wednesday, Fishel said.

The rain came one day after Raleigh's rainfall deficit, calculated since January 2007, hit 10 inches for the first time. After the rain, the deficit stood at 9.3 inches.

January 2008 was the fourth-driest January on record for the Triangle, Fishel said, noting that three of the five driest Januarys for the region have occurred since 2001.


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  • oldrebel Feb 1, 2008

    Guilt free weekend!!! Now that'll be a first for a lot of folks...well, actually the guilt usually sets in Monday morning. LOL

  • colliedave Feb 1, 2008

    But won't that sunshine add to the global warming? With the nice weather people will drive to one of the local parks such as Shelly Lake and take a walk around it breathing out CO2?

  • egwralcom Feb 1, 2008

    Last night, the prediction was for 100% chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. This morning, the prediction was for 80% of thunderstorms this afternoon. Looking out the window, I see blue skies with sparse tiny white fluffy clouds. Now the prediction is for "patchy fog"?! Where are the thunderstorms????? How could they have been so incredibly wrong on a less-than-24-hour prediction?

  • dhamma Feb 1, 2008

    Shouldn't that be dipped "above" 10 inches?

  • NC is my home Feb 1, 2008

    Praise God for the rain! God wouldn't have withheld the blessing of rain, if Easley hadn't pushed his cursed lottery mess through. Maybe the new govenor will correct his mistake.

  • tgw Feb 1, 2008

    I'm just ready for the clueless, not looking past the end if their nose politicians to shut their stupid mouths. I doubt this will be enough to shut them up. A flood might not shut them up. It's kinda like global warming-if it was not for that, we'd have nothing to say.

  • Space Mountain Feb 1, 2008

    Where are the storms? I always like them for some reason.

  • PDMARTIN Feb 1, 2008

    Nice having the rain, but where is that destablizing sunshine?
    That's ok I don't want to see any storms anyway.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Feb 1, 2008

    Nice to seet it!

  • garnertoy Feb 1, 2008

    good to see it