More Rain Expected; Slight Risk of Thunderstorms

Posted April 1, 2008
Updated April 2, 2008

— Temperatures will drop slightly as a cold front moves through the area late Tuesday, bringing more rain, WRAL Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

"Earlier today, there were some big thunderstorms across the Southeast.  A lot of them weakened with time," Fishel said. "We still run the risk of seeing a shower or two throughout the course of the evening."

With a slight chance of thunderstorms, the Red Cross recommends these safety tips:

  • Find shelter in a building or car. Keep car windows closed.
  • Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances.
  • Avoid taking a bath or shower.
  • Draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind, the shades will prevent glass from shattering into your home.

Temperatures for Wednesday are expected to be in the upper 50s and low 60s. Thursday is expected to be cooler still, with highs in the lower 50s and lows in the low 40s.

Friday’s high was expected to be in the mid-70s. Rain is expected Friday evening into Saturday morning as another cold front moves into the area.


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  • bs101fly Apr 1, 2008

    I just want to know how Mr. Fishel will survive another loooooong, hot, sweaty summer after the 4th winter in a row with NO winter???
    Maybe it will snow once again around 2019 after Al Gore leaves for his global warmed island vacation?

  • TPanther775 Apr 1, 2008

    Where do you live Vince. In my part of Orange County the lakes, ponds and streams are at their normal levels. If you ignore the stupid rain guage on the main page and go back to 2006 instead of starting at 1/1/2007. It all adds up to about .50 to 1.00 above normal in a 2 year 3 month period. Raleigh is the only place that doesn't have a full reservoir. Because of what? Poor Planning and waiting to last minute for hard restrictions

  • wingnut61285 Apr 1, 2008

    9 inches of rain is not impossible to make up. A single tropical system could entirely wipe it out. Or just a few weeks of above avg rainfall. About 1.5 inches have fallen since Saturday. Thursday through Saturday could bring another 1-2 inches of rain. But the week after that looks much drier. Falls lake close enough to normal to ease off on restrictions but they won't and it doesn't have enough to last until 2009. Jordan Lake is still above normal and should remain that way for another 1-2 weeks at least.

  • veyor Apr 1, 2008

    If a private business was running Falls Lake rather than the Corps of Engineers, they would have been sued out of business by now.

  • busyb97 Apr 1, 2008

    I for one don't mind the rainy days- drought or no drought. :) (Except I feel like napping!)

    But my 4 yr old son was crying his eyes out awhile ago because he wants to go outside so bad and play. But it is raining at the moment here. "It's been raining for 4 days!". Not sure if it's been that long, but I felt bad for the guy. He'd need a boat to go outside anyway- with all the water I have standing in our yard. But I'll take it! This isn't going to help with my mosquito issue though :(

  • oldschooltarheel Apr 1, 2008

    Sounds like some folks would prefer Arizona (that would be west of here) - our aquifers are low & will continued to be strained by the continued "cul-de-sac"ing of farmland for "bedroom" communities. Keep it up city/county planners (snort) & this place will be a lil patch of desert.

  • DurhamDude Apr 1, 2008

    If we do get all this rain they are calling for, I hope we can go back to hand watering plants.

  • colliedave Apr 1, 2008

    “We’re not expecting to see a lot of severe weather,” Gardner

    Didn't she say we will probably get only about a hundredth of an inch of rain? Prepare for the worst!

  • Broker - Back from Lurking Apr 1, 2008

    ok... 30-day numbers are about 1.6" above normal. This has caused the ground to be totally saturated. 90-day numbers are about 1.6" below normal. This causes poor root-formation during growing season, but is not as important during the winter excepting for watershed replenishment. Ground saturation doesn't care what happened on January 1, 2007 any more than January 1, 2006. If we used the latter as the begin date, we'd be *above* average (acording to NWS). The reservoirs are all down b/c of poor gov't planning. No conspiracy, just lack of attention. That lack of attention, however is borderline criminal negligence due to the adverse impacts on businesses and homeowners across the region.

  • Vincenzo R. Abacus Apr 1, 2008


    Not sure where you live, but here in Orange county at least, many if not most lakes and ponds are still well below historical "normal" levels. This includes OWASA's reservoirs: