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Fast-moving storm drenches Charlotte

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte didn’t get a lot of rain on Sunday, but buckets of rain came all at once – three-quarters of an inch in about 20 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

The downpour hit uptown Charlotte during the third period of the Carolina Panthers’ game, said Chris Horne, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The rain was almost a respite on a weekend of unseasonably warm weather.

Sunday’s high was 71 degrees, one degree away from tying a record for Dec. 22 that has stood since 1889.

Saturday’s high temperature record in Charlotte was broken at 2 p.m., when the reading was 73 degrees. That broke the mark of 71, set in 1998.

Rain and gusty winds are forecast Monday up and down the East Coast, and it probably will play havoc with flight schedules. But much nicer conditions are predicted for the rest of the week.

Much of Christmas week will be cool and dry. Carolinas residents who are on the road will find snow showers this week in the snow belt areas along the Great Lakes. Otherwise, calm conditions are forecast. Steve Lyttle contributed

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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