Rain will be back

Aug. 04, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

If you’ve looked outside your window the past few days, you’ve probably noticed that it’s rained -- a lot.
Gail Hartsfield, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said the next couple of days will be different, mostly dry over the next three days.
Hartsfield said that Triangle residents  will likely need to break out their umbrellas once more by Friday when rain is likely to return to start what is shaping up to be another rainy weekend.
“As we head toward the weekend, the chance of rain will increase,” Hartsfield said. “It’s about twice a year every summer that we have one of these weather patterns.”
Although at times it might have seemed as though rainfall records were falling last week, that was not the case.
Durham received about 1.5 inches to 3 inches of rain during the weather pattern, while the state’s coastal plain, the part of the state east of Interstate 95, received 3 to 6 inches of rain during the rainy stretch fueled by a warm, moist and humid weather pattern.
Carl Matyac, the county extension director for Orange County, said the slightly above-normal rainfall levels have been good for crops such as corn and soybeans, which thrive in wet conditions.
“It’s been a help,” Matyac said. “This is a good thing.”
He said, however, that homeowners might see more weeds attacking their lawns.
“They’re liable to see more weeds popping up,” Matyac said. “You’re going to have a few more weeds to pull.”
Durham did see a record fall Saturday, when the high temperature failed to climb above 70 degrees. The previous record was 71 degrees, which was recorded in 1916.
According to Hartsfield, the temperatures should return to normal for August by midweek before leveling off into the 80s.  
While the sun struggled to peak through a modest cloud covering in the Triangle on Monday, the rain continued to fall along the coast.
“If you had a beach vacation planned for the day, then today was not the day to do it,” Hartsfield said.