Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Looking for rain?

A few isolated thunderstorms the last several days have helped the grass look a little greener in some neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the rain showers and thunderstorms have not been widespread. With the abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions in our part of North Carolina, we could all use a good soaking rain.

A few isolated thunderstorms are developing again this afternoon, but once again, not all of us will see beneficial rains from these showers and storms. The news is a little better for a soaking rain by late Friday and Saturday. A slow moving cold front will move toward the state. Ahead of the front, we look for showers and storms to develop Friday afternoon. These showers and storms should be more widespread and the chance for rain will continue into Saturday. If everything pans out as expected now, many of us could see at least an inch of rain.

The front will bring lower humidity and comfortable weather for the end of the weekend. The heat and humidity will likely return by July 4th. The chances for rain for the first half of July don't look that good though. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service Office in Raleigh e-mailed us the latest 8-14 day outlook for precipitation and their thoughts on the outlook for the first half of July. The news isn't too good for the drought, as the outlook for the first week or two of July is to be drier than normal.

Let's hope we can get some beneficial rains from the front that will move our way late this week and early in the weekend. We'll keep an eye on things. While the front may bring needed rain, some storms associated with the system could be on the strong side. Stay tuned to Weather on the Ones on News 14 Carolina for the latest!

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