RALEIGH — It really did rain that much Saturday – or not, depending on where you were.
Rainfall reports the National Weather Service collected show rain gauges captured as little as 0.07 inches near Coats Crossroads in Johnston County and as much as 3.74 inches at a weather service employee’s home southeast of Cary in the 24 hours that ran through 11 a.m. Sunday.
At the weather service’s own station at RDU International Airport, the number was 1.59 inches, and 1.58 of that was before midnight Saturday and set a record for May 5.
The RDU measurement is what goes into the record books as the official rainfall. Only 4 miles east, however, the report was 0.08 inches. Two miles north of Raleigh, a gauge caught 2.2 inches.
For people attending the OutRaleigh festival downtown on Saturday, the measurement was “enough” when the heavens opened in early afternoon.
The thunderstorms that brought the rain produced hail in isolated places, too. The weather service had a report of nickel-sized hailstones in Durham County.
Authorities reported some downed trees around the Triangle overnight, but no serious flooding. Pope Air Force Base and Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base reported wind gusts of 47 mph and 45 mph, respectively.
The record-setting rain at RDU put the area at 1.13 inches above the average for the month of May and above normal for the season, but the dry winter is still taking its toll, and the measurement at RDU at 7:30 p.m. Saturday showed the region was 1.49 inches below normal.
Forecasters said Monday should have normal temperatures for this time of year, with highs of 75 to 80 degrees.
Rain comes back into the forecast Tuesday night or Wednesday with the approach of a cold front, the weather service said.