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Good, steady rain to linger through Wednesday

Posted August 13, 2008

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— "We've been hoping for this day," meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said at noon Wednesday, referring to the cool, rainy weather soaking the state.

"What a nice treat in August, to have high temperatures in the 70s."

The heaviest rain fell outside the Triangle through the morning. Goldsboro recorded up to 1.5 inches of rain before noon. Heavier accumulation was expected to the south and west of Raleigh throughout the afternoon. Southern parts of the state could see as much as 1 inch of rain, while the Triangle and areas north will be lucky to get half an inch.

“(It will be) a cool, wet day for us – the kind of day (when) you don’t want to be caught out without your umbrella,” Gardner described.

The trajectory of Wednesday’s system will bring rain to central and eastern North Carolina through the day. As the rain tapers off in the afternoon and shifts eastward, the Triangle will likely see temperatures rise to the 70s.

"It's just a nice, rainy day," Gardner said, "Not the thunderstorm-type of precipitation that sometimes comes down really hard and fast and runs off." Wednesday's showers are simply good, steady, much-needed rain, she concluded.

Thursday will bring partly cloudy skies and warmer weather with a slight chance of an afternoon storm. Highs will be in the mid- to upper-80s.

“The summer heat returns in full force, most likely by the beginning of next week,” Gardner said.

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  • Jimm57 Aug 13, 2008

    RTP's been dry all day so far :-(

  • iron fist Aug 13, 2008

    oldrebel I agree, I asked WRAL about that before, I go to the Dan River area almost every weekend. Would be nice to see the forcast. Where is the rain none in RTP or at my home in Durham.

  • shantima2000 Aug 13, 2008

    "Thursday should feel like a fall afternoon with heavy rain south of the Triangle and temperatures in 60s." I believe today is Wednesday ...

  • oldrebel Aug 13, 2008

    I hope the western counties get some of this rain. It would be nice to see some the waterfalls actually have water to be falling during this years color season. And BTW, it'd be nice to see radar coverage of the western counties on the WRAL collection of Doppler radar, I know it'd be other radar stations, but it would be nice to have that available with the existing Doppler maps.