Rain-soaked Rowan Storm drops over an inch Sunday, with more on the way

  • Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 12:47 a.m.

SALISBURY — If “April showers bring May flowers,” as the rhyme says, then expect a colorful month ahead.

Following rainstorms that caused flooding in the Midwest last week, the current system dropped over an inch of rain on the Charlotte metro area Sunday.

At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, radar images from the National Weather Service showed rain and thunderstorms in a continuous band from southern Virginia across both Carolinas, Georgia, and onward into Louisiana.

The National Weather Service predicts rain to continue throughout the day today, with a chance of a thunderstorm early.

“Right now, including what we’ve had since roughly sunrise, we’re expecting about 1.7 inches through the day (Monday),” said Patrick Moore, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg.

After today, Moore said, the rainfall risk decreases.

Although there’s a chance of thunderstorms, Moore said the risk of damaging storms will be minimal.

“It looks like we’re going to be on the north side, maybe on the cool side, of this front that’s over the Carolinas,” Moore said.

“We think we’ll get another three-quarters of an inch out of this system tonight, and through the day (Monday),” he said.

The extra rain is useful as summer nears.

Before the weekend, according to National Weather Service Data, the Charlotte metro region was below normal levels for rainfall.

The U.S. Drought Monitor, a project of the National Drought Mitigation Center and the University of Nebraska, currently shows about a third of North Carolina’s 100 counties are either abnormally dry or in moderate drought.

At present, neither Rowan nor Cabarrus counties are included.

But with half of the U.S. currently in drought conditions, the rain that’s falling now may help keep restrictions away from our area longer.

Contact Hugh Fisher via the editor’s desk at 704-797-4244.

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