Rain Moves in Overnight; Thunder Possible

Posted March 19, 2008
Updated March 20, 2008

— As Spring officially arrives at 1:58 a.m. Thursday,  the Triangle could see isolated thunderstorms, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

The area is facing a threat of isolated damage from straight-line winds with sustained wind gust between 70 and 80 mph, Fishel said.

There is a slight risk of lightening overnight, but the rumble of thunder should be minor.

The Triangle could get a half-inch of rain by the time the wet weather clears out Thursday morning.

Raleigh's primary reservoir, Falls Lake was about 74 percent of its normal level Tuesday, holding 10.8 billion gallons. When full, the lake holds 14.6 billion gallons.

While rain was not an issue during the day Wednesday, the wind definitely was, with speeds reaching to 40 mph.

Thursday is expected to be a much quieter day, with highs in the mid-60s. Temperatures will rise into the 70s on Saturday.

Sunday, however, will cool down considerably and be in the low 50s.


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  • IzzMad2016 Mar 19, 2008

    monkeyboy -- you crack me up.

  • 3headedmonster Mar 19, 2008

    Have to say I got a pretty good chuckle about the snail crossing the porch indicating snow. It seems that ever since the one inch ice storm that crippled the city, meteorologists go overboard in predicting weather. Also to answer BROKERS question-if they used 2006 as a starting point we would likely not be in a "drought" because I think we had a surplus of 10 inches that year. (saw it in an almanac). So yeah, why did we not start off 2007 showing plus 10 inches. Its all about the negatives.

  • Huey Mar 19, 2008

    I for one love Elizabeth's forecasts and look forward to them
    every morning. She an't no Chicken Little. When it's gonna
    get windy it's her job to tell us. She's cheerful as can be
    and ,yes, she is expecting again, bless her heart.

  • wolfpackfan15 Mar 19, 2008

    yeah, whatever you say... we'll see what happens when it's all said and done. Just a quick question, is she pregnant again? 'cause she looks pregnant again.

  • Space Mountain Mar 19, 2008

    Broker, I agree with you about the drought situation. We're not really as bad as they say we are now. People acted like it would never rain again. I'll be watching the sky tonight, though. Thunderstorms can be exciting.

  • 050462 Mar 19, 2008

    jordan lake is 75%normal,get the facts straight.who cares about the weather,a joke anyway,and as for snow,head for the rockies the season is over,bring on the 90s!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • smegma Mar 19, 2008

    so open the flood gates jimm57 and let the folks downstream have a sip

  • hollylama Mar 19, 2008

    Expect severe got warm rather quickly last night and as soon as I walked outside this morning I knew we'd be in for some torrential downpours! Yay rain!

  • Broker - Back from Lurking Mar 19, 2008

    What's up with the arbitrary date for the drought's beginning? If I selected Jan 1st '06, would we be in a drought then? The 90-day numbers indicate we are about normal. Sorry folks, but rain doesn't work like a bank account - lack of rain doesn't debit indefinitely to be offset by more rain later. The groundwater and lake levels do not care what happened last year sometime, just what the last couple months have done!

  • nodoginthisfight Mar 19, 2008

    monkey_boy the job is yours. your forecast makes more sense than Elizabeth's