Storm Passes Over Triangle; Clouds Linger

Posted April 20, 2008 6:20 a.m. EDT
Updated April 20, 2008 9:24 p.m. EDT

— A frontal boundary brought rain, large hail and gusty winds to the Triangle Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service had several counties in WRAL's viewing area under a severe-thunderstorm watch.

The storms brought significant rain across the region.

Rainfall in the Triangle dropped about a fifth below normal since the drought began in 2007.

The weather station at Raleigh-Durham International Airport has received 81 percent of its normal rainfall since April 2007 and 83 percent since January 2007.

For the past 90 days, though, the region has received 95 percent of its normal rainfall. That figure drops to 88 percent for the past 30 days – but does not account for the rain that has fallen Sunday or is predicted for early this week.

Rainfall amounts from the past 24 hours differed greatly.

For example, Chapel Hill had gotten two-hundredths of an inch by Sunday morning, while Raleigh had seen 0.21 inches.

"You can see some variety around the area because of the banded and clustered nature of these showers moving through," Moss said.

Roanoke Rapids lead the way with 1.24 inches, while Siler City, Goldsboro and Oxford each reported over half an inch. Fayetteville saw 0.34 inches; Sanford, 0.17 inches; and Kenansville, 0.24 inches.

Louisburg, Clinton, Lumberton and Maxton had all seen less than a tenth of an inch.

A chance of rain will persist through Monday and Tuesday, as low pressure to the east continues to generate light rain and showers.