Little Rain for Dry Southeast

By , Senior Meteorologist
November 15, 2012; 5:57 AM ET
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A weak storm is bringing some rain to needy areas in the Southeast Thursday.

While any rain is welcomed in abnormally dry and drought areas of Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas, this system will not deliver sufficient rain to make much of a difference.

Most areas will receive one half inch of rain or less. However, there will be a few exceptions.

Much of the area from central Alabama to central North Carolina has been running short of rainfall since Sept. 1. In Augusta, Ga., rainfall has been less than 50 percent of normal during the period. The rainfall deficit has grown worse in most of this area through the fall.

The weak storm will drift off the coast and linger over the weekend. As it does, the storm will slowly brew and strengthen, evolving into a nor'easter. The winds will begin to create rough seas and surf. In areas where the wind is onshore, coastal flooding problems will develop and continue into next week.

The same system may throw windswept rain inland, but farther north along the East Coast. if that storm tracks near enough to the coast, most of the rain that falls before the weekend will fall north of North Carolina, in areas where it is far less-welcome.

Spotty rain could be thrown back over North Carolina for a time, but the heaviest would be near the coast.


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