National Weather Service In Raleigh Sets Record For Severe Weather

The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued more warnings this year than any other year.

Officials say 577 severe-weather warnings were issued through yesterday. The previous high was 329, which was set in 1998.

Forecaster Brandon Locklear with the National Weather Service says that's not necessarily a sign that the weather was worse in 2006.

Instead, he says the increased warnings can be blamed on more sophisticated radar and computer-modeling capabilities that allow
meteorologists to better localize weather warnings.

Weather officials say communication with trained weathe spotters has also improved.

Locklear says some of the weather warnings issued this year wouldn't have shown up on radar ten or 15 years ago.

The Raleigh National Weather Service office serves 31 counties in the central part of the state.