A Return to Summer Time Normalcy

Good morning folks! Terribly sorry for not posting Sunday afternoon but here we are, the start of new work week and the outlook seems fairly normal for late July - early August. We'll notice an uptick in humidity levels Tuesday as a cold front approaches the region, crossing overnight into Wednesday and then stalling across the region, dissipating slowly as we head into the weekend. Southwesterly flow into the region and atop the stalled front will lead to scattered thunderstorms Tuesday/Wednesday, while Thursday into the weekend produces widespread light - moderate showers each afternoon. All in all, we expect anywhere from 1.5 - 3.5" of rain to fall across the region over the next five to

Same Ole, Same Ole

Good afternoon folks! Mt Mitchell dipped down to 41°F this past Tuesday morning and although we expect temps to slowly moderate back to normal, pleasant mornings are still expected into the weekend. Friday through Monday will keep mostly sunny skies overhead for most of the region, while isolated showers pop up along the ridgelines, but even these should be short lived as the atmosphere remains somewhat capped. Moisture will be on the rise beginning this weekend and a cold front will approach the area early next week, setting up Tuesday and Wednesday for an active afternoon of pop up showers and thunderstorms. Temps all the while will warm with each passing day, but only by a degree or two,

Downright Perfect for late July

Good afternoon folks! As we are typing this discussion the rain is coming to an end and only an isolated light shower or short lived period of drizzle is expected into the late evening hours. As the dry and cool air mass swings overhead tonight, we'll cloud cover clear out and wake up to a gorgeous start to the day Wednesday morning. It will feel almost fall like and this gorgeous weather will linger into Friday, with moisture levels and temps returning to normal by Sunday afternoon. The ridgelines above 6000' are likely to hit the upper 40's Tuesday and Wednesday nights and for the most part everywhere across SW NC will be roughly 4 - 6 degrees below normal Wednesday into Thursday. Sunshine

Widespread Showers Monday into Tuesday

Good afternoon folks! Today (Saturday) will be the last day we experience temps in the upper 80's and heat indices well into the 90's. Temps drop a degree or two with each passing day and bottom out Tuesday into Wednesday, returning to normal levels by the end of next week. The high pressure system currently overhead will move out as a front swings through late Monday, exiting sometime Tuesday. An upper level trough will move in behind the front, allowing a drier and cooler airmass to settle into the region, albeit briefly. If you have time to take off from work and have been itching for a few nice days, we recommend taking off Wednesday through Friday. Sunday keeps enough moisture around fo

Daily Showers Friday through Tuesday

Good afternoon folks! Friday through the weekend and into early next week will feature an above average chance for showers and thunderstorms each afternoon. This is initially due to the persistent flow of moisture and heat into the region from the southeast and as we move into early next week an upper level trough will bring us cloudy skies and more uniform rain chances, as opposed to the pop up storms Friday through Sunday. Once we get past Sunday, it looks like we cool down to below normal levels, first off because of the cloud cover and on and off rain chances Monday into Tuesday, but then much drier air slides down from the northwest. This infusion of air from the north and west will be

A Fairly Normal Setup through Friday

Good afternoon folks! This post is a day behind schedule and we'll focus on the Tuesday through Friday timeline, which doesn't have much in the way of excitement but we do expect temps to slowly rise through the week, with a better chance for showers on Thursday. The remnants of Barry are currently marching north up through the Mississippi Valley and will eventually turn east as the week moves along, pushing into our region sometime Thursday. At the same time an upper level ridge will develop overhead and strengthen by the end of the week, solidifying a normal summertime pattern into the weekend. Temps are typically in the mid - upper 80's across the lower elevations this time of the year an

Soggy Thursday through Saturday

Good afternoon folks! The front is currently crossing the region and bringing with it scattered showers and thunderstorms that will carry into the evening hours. The front will not push all the way through the region and instead stall just to our south across the Piedmont, setting up a mechanism for scattered showers and thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday. The front will eventually clear out by Sunday and as Barry makes it way northward, our region will benefit from a break in the rain Sunday into Monday. Barry is likely (not set in stone) to turn eastward late Monday and arrive on our doorstep Tuesday, bringing with it heavy rain that may linger into Wednesday. Beyond this point in time i

Widespread Showers Late Thursday

Good afternoon folks! The tropical system moving into the Gulf of Mexico will migrate southwest and possibly make landfall around the LA/TX coastline, then take a more ENE path that looks to avoid our area through at least the middle of next week. With this in mind we look to avoid the heavy rainfall and very high moisture levels that are likely to surge into the deep and mid south regions. Looking at the more immediate forecast period, we expect a front to swing through Thursday afternoon, bringing with it widespread showers and heavy rain producers that may extend well into Friday. The weekend ahead looks fairly pleasant for mid July as sunshine pushes temps into the mid - upper 80's for t

A Fairly Normal Setup through Wednesday

Good morning folks! As we wind down the holiday weekend today, we'll notice a slight decline in moisture levels, more so the higher up you go in elevation and this will translate to slightly reduced shower coverage this afternoon. Monday keeps pop up shower chances alive, although there should be more sun than clouds overhead. By Tuesday we'll be dealing with a passing high pressure system that will bring temps a degree or two below normal for early July. This high pressure system will exit Wednesday and a front swings through late Thursday that will bring us scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms late in the day (timing not set in stone this far out). Next weekend is still up in

Happy Independence Day!!!

Good morning folks! Most of us are packing bags and getting ready to head out for the day to celebrate Independence Day and for the most part the weather will cooperate. We wish we could say we expect full sunshine and no rain but the current pattern won't budge, translating to a mix of sun, high clouds and afternoon thunderstorms today through Sunday. Widespread showers are not in the forecast but passing strong to severe thunderstorms certainly will be in play, so we highly recommend checking the radar every so often after the noon hour to stay ahead of any incoming storms. Temps all the while will be slightly below normal but don't celebrate just yet as muggy conditions continue, keeping

Widespread Showers Friday and Saturday

Good afternoon folks! The slightly above average temps will continue as early July should be in the mid - upper 80's for the valleys, however we'll deal with temps in the upper 80's to near 90°F through Wednesday. Things cool down starting Thursday and become noticeable by Friday as moisture surges northeast from the Gulf of Mexico, allowing for more clouds and showers/thunderstorms to develop, which will keep temps to the low - mid 80's across the lower elevations. For now, Independence Day (Thursday) still looks ok to head outdoors and even the late evening hours look ok for fireworks, however pop up thunderstorms are possible so keep an eye to the sky or radar as you enjoy your time outsi

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