Forecast en Thunderstorms Continue, Bring Unusually High Amount Of Rain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scattered storms are once again in the forecast for this afternoon. The pattern of late-day thundershowers each day is not so unusual, according to meteorologist Darrin </span>Figursky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">National Weather Service</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Raleigh. He says what has been a bit atypical is the amount of widespread rainfall we've gotten as a result of these storms.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Now a lot of that was probably due to the remnants of Andrea at the beginning of the month, where on one day we got four to five inches," </span>Figursky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says.&nbsp; "So for the month with that in mind, we're running three to four inches above normal for the month. We're only maybe an inch or an inch or an inch and a quarter of being in the top five wettest Junes of all time."</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:14:10 +0000 Catherine Brand 18015 at Thunderstorms Continue, Bring Unusually High Amount Of Rain 18 Named Storms Predicted This Hurricane Season <p><a href="">Early forecasts predict </a>an active hurricane season along the Atlantic coast.&nbsp;</p><p>Researchers at Colorado State University expect 18 named storms this year.&nbsp; They say four of those will likely be major storms at Category 3 or higher.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Will Michaels 13465 at 18 Named Storms Predicted This Hurricane Season Irene to Test Flood Prediction System <p>An experimental flood forecasting system will get a test with Hurricane Irene. Scientists have been experimenting with computer models since Hurricane Floyd produced heavier than expected flooding in 1999. The models are designed to predict how fresh water stream flow, ocean tides, and storm surge will interact. Suzanne VanCooten is a research hydro-meteorologist with the National Severe Storms Laboratory. She says one thing that's different this year from the lead-up to Hurricane Floyd is that many eastern North Carolina counties have been in a drought.<br> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:40:00 +0000 Brent Wolfe 7546 at