Sunday, July 15, 2007

Chances for Rain for the Week Ahead

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for pretty much each afternoon for the week ahead, and that's fairly good news for drought conditions across the state.

The moderate drought was expanded this week to encompass all of the News 14 Carolina viewing area. Rainfall deficits across the state range from just over 4 inches to over 14 inches. Here's a look at rainfall deficits for select locations around the state:
  • Lumberton: -14.28"
  • Wilmington: -13.00"
  • Elizabeth City: -11.11"
  • Asheville: -9.52"
  • Cape Hatteras: -9.35"
  • Greensboro: -6.36"
  • Charlotte: -4.70"
  • Raleigh-Durham: -4.37"
  • New Bern: -4.00"

Some dents in some of those deficits will be made this coming week. Unfortunately, widespread rains are not expected so the rain will not be beneficial for everyone. High pressure centered near Bermuda will keep winds from the south for the Carolinas the next several days. That southerly wind will usher more moisture into the region. With increased humidity, scattered showers and thunderstorms will developing during the heating of the day.

Computer forecast modelling from the North Carolina State Climate Office depicts the scattered of showers and storms over the next couple days. Again, note not every location will see the rain.

Model forecast for Monday afternoon --

Model forecast for Tuesday afternoon --

For more information on the drought in North Carolina, visit and for more information on the models shown above visit the State Climate office at

Stay tuned to News 14 Carolina and Weather on the Ones for the latest on the chance for afternoon storms this week.

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