Charlotte's rain stays mainly away
September 7th, 2012
01:14 AM ET
2 years ago

Charlotte's rain stays mainly away

(CNN) - Despite forecasts of rain and possibly storms in the evening Thursday, the precautionary move of President Barack Obama's acceptance speech from a large outdoor venue to a smaller arena appears to have only avoided a few rain drops around the time of his remarks but did dodge a heavy afternoon downpour.

On Wednesday, convention organizers canceled plans for Obama to deliver his speech at the Bank of America stadium in Charlotte with over 65,000 people in attendance citing concerns over thunderstorm forecasts and providing for the safety of the many people expected to be in attendance.

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The evening's events were moved inside the Time Warner Cable arena, which had housed the other major events of the convention. Events, which included live music as well as speeches, were to have kicked off at the stadium at 4 p.m. ET but Obama's remarks were not until 10 p.m. ET while Vice President Joe Biden spoke in the previous hour.

The NWS forecast Thursday had called for "scattered showers and thunderstorms" until 8 p.m. ET, and after that, partly cloudy skies. Precipitation in the afternoon was given a 50% chance, while the evening and overnight forecast rated that chance at 30% with "rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms." Forecasts had called for heavy storms Thursday since last week.

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Henry CA

    We didn't fill it.

    September 7, 2012 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Better safe than sorry; can you imagine trying to get 60,000 people out of a stadium quickly and safely? That is hard to do.

    September 7, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |