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Soaking rains set record in Charlotte, drench region

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A low pressure system coupled with a lot of moisture moved across the Southeast over the weekend, putting a damper on outdoor plans for many.

The storm system that moved through over the weekend brought heavy downpours, but little in the way of thunderstorm activity. Only a handfull of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were detected in the WBTV viewing area, but rainfall totals still topped two inches for many. Here in the Queen City, a record was set on Sunday for the most rainfall seen on April 28th, with 2.23 inches. That crushed the old record of 1.85 set in 1958.

This was in addition to the nearly quarter inch picked up on Saturday.

Shelby saw over three inches fall from this system, and most of the region picked up at least an inch and a half of rainfall.

The average total rainfall for the month of April is 3.23 inches, but 7-8 inches is not unusual, with over 11 inches reported in 1891.

So far 4.28 inches have fallen this month in Charlotte.

Rain chances have dropped significantly, but cannot be completely ruled out tomorrow, the last day in April.

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