Blog: 'Rain Hole' over Charlotte

Blog: 'Rain Hole' over Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - All week we had been looking forward to the possibility of rain on Thursday (yesterday), and with most of the Charlotte area upgraded to a severe drought as of Thursday morning, we sure did need it.

Thursday's forecast panned out well, with a few rounds of showers and thunderstorms moving through during the afternoon and evening, as advertised. However, you may be surprised to learn how much rain we ended up getting in Charlotte. Are you ready? .07"! Yes, that's it. Seven hundredths of an inch. We couldn't even squeeze out a darn tenth of an inch at the Charlotte airport.

The attached accumulated rainfall map really tells the story. The brighter colors on the map over Columbia are where rainfall amounts exceeded an inch or more. Since most of the heavier thunderstorms held to our south, that's where the heavy rain fell too. Our South Carolina counties at least picked up a little bit more, with estimates around .25" to 75".

But there is clearly a "rain hole" on the map right over the Charlotte area!

Believe it or not, we actually saw more rain in Charlotte with the late night showers that came through on Wednesday night than we did with all of the storms on Thursday! It doesn't seem possible, does it? But in fact, Wednesday night's rain totaled .08" at the Charlotte airport.

Combined with Thursday's rain, this brings our August rain total to a whopping .15", which is about an inch below average for the month. We are now getting closer to around 7" below average for yearly rainfall in the Queen City.

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