May 5, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

You know the old saying about meteorologists and being wrong a lot? I’m not going to repeat it, but I know you’re thinking of it right now. It doesn’t happen as often as you may think, and there are a boatload of different reasons that I’m not going to list here. But for today, that happened to me. I’ll explain how in this edition of the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast!

If you read yesterday’s forecast, either on the radio stations’ websites or here, you know I said we’d have the sun coming out from time to time this afternoon, with rain ending by morning. There wasn’t a bit of that happened. The only right word I said is “rain.” It’s something that happens, and there are a whole boatload of different reasons for that, which I also will not list here. The goal is to get better, and it’s always better to get better when something doesn’t go your way. So while I’m in “beware the darn clouds” mode, let’s look ahead toward the forecast through the weekend:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, with some morning fog possible. Low 43.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny, high 65.
  • Thursday night-Partly cloudy with a few rain showers late. Low 44.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny and windy, with a small chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs near 60.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. High 63.
  • Sunday-Partly cloudy, a few afternoon showers and storms are possible. High 74.

As of around 7 PM Wednesday evening, low pressure is still over Charlotte, not too far away as the crow flies. And that is the reason we’re still locked under a bunch of clouds. That low pressure moves off the South Carolina coast tomorrow, and the farther away it gets, the better chance of clearing conditions we will see. That’s good news, leading to mostly sunny conditions by the end of the day.

Tomorrow night, a quick-moving cold front moves through, bringing a small chance of rain toward morning. As low pressure gets into the Plains, we have a small chance of rain late Saturday and on Sunday as that front moves closer. Sunday actually looks like more of a rainy day at this point, but I’ll keep an eye on that as we get closer to it.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast today. Have a great Thursday!

May 4, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Thankfully, we didn’t see much severe weather today. There were some thunderstorms, which I thought were quite wonderful! I think the chance of severe weather is low through tomorrow morning, so let’s have a quick Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Saturday!

Here’s the outlook to start things off:

  • Tonight-Cloudy with some scattered showers and storms. Lows near 60.
  • Wednesday-Clouds and rain early, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 68.
  • Wednesday night-Mostly clear, low 42.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny. High 67.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny with a small chance of rain. High 64.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. High 68.

The rain we saw today, and the severe weather that happened last night and today in other parts of the country, are thanks to a cold front that will be moving through our area in the morning. So, between now and then, showers and storms are likely. The storms we did see today did use up the energy in the atmosphere, so the chances of severe thunderstorms are low.

When the front moves through in the morning, things start clearing out. We’ll have a clear and cool Wednesday night, and sunshine for most of Thursday and Friday. I can’t rule out a stray shower or thunderstorm Friday as a weak front moves through. The sunny weather returns for Saturday, as we inch back up toward our average for early May.

That’s it for now! I hope to have more on the weekend forecast tomorrow. Have a great Wednesday!

May 3, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Rain hasn’t been constant in our area all day, but many of us have indeed seen it. I think the same is going to be the case for tomorrow, but there is a chance of severe weather a couple different times between now and Tuesday. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Friday!

The main threats from any storms from now until Wednesday morning appear to be damaging wind gusts and perhaps some hail. With any severe thunderstorm, though, there is the chance a tornado might spin up. If any storm gets warned for such a thing, you can hear me on several frequencies in the Tri-Cities, mainly 91.5 FM WHCB, 96.3 The Possum, 97.3 Love FM, and Truth 104.1 WABN. I’ll be on WHCB first, then the other stations as I can get to them.

All that being said, here’s the overall forecast for the next four days:

  • Tonight-Mostly cloudy with some scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows near 60.
  • Tuesday-Cloudy skies, afternoon showers and thunderstorms that could be severe. Highs near 80.
  • Tuesday night-Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows near 60.
  • Wednesday-Rain possible early, becoming partly cloudy late. High 72.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny and cooler. High 64.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny with a small chance of rain. High 63.

The way it looks right now, rain and storms are coming in different waves over the next couple days. It appears that we are done for a while as far as this evening is concerned, but more storms could develop out to our west and southwest this evening. If that happens, it appears we’re looking at overnight storms at this point.

After that, we’ll likely get another break, and maybe the sun will peek out from time to time. The more that happens, the more unstable the atmosphere will get for the afternoon round of storms, that could happen between noon and 4 PM. Those are the specific ones that have the best chance of having severe characteristics, and could cause the damaging wind and hail I was referring to earlier.

As the cold front that’s causing all this mess gets through here, scattered showers and storms are likely tomorrow night into Wednesday morning. Once that front passes, though, expect the rain to come to an end on Wednesday afternoon, with sunshine starting to filter in.

Behind the front, dry weather is likely on Thursday, with highs only in the mid 60s. Friday should be about the same, but a weak cold front may spark off a rain shower or two Friday afternoon, as highs again don’t get much past the low 60s if at all.

That’s all for this week’s forecast! I’ll hopefully have a look at the start of the weekend’s forecast next time. Have a great Tuesday!

April 30, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

It’s the last day of April, which generally means good things weather wise! We’re well into Spring by about 6 weeks now, so warmer temperatures are more common than colder ones. That also brings showers and thunderstorms, which will come up in today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast!

That being said, it’ll be a while before they get here. A storm system will develop in Texas over the weekend, and by Monday will shoot a warm front through our area. That will be the start of several rounds of showers and storms for the first full week of May. But the first weekend of May looks fantastic! Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Mostly clear and chilly. Lows near 40.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny, high 72.
  • Saturday night-Mostly clear, lo 42.
  • Sunday-Increasing clouds, with highs near 80.
  • Monday-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 78.
  • Tuesday-Partly to mostly cloudy, some scattered showers and storms. High 82.

The story for the weekend is the beautiful weather! We should have sunshine each day from now through early Sunday, with clear skies tonight and tomorrow night. That system coming out of Texas will increase cloud cover for our area on Sunday afternoon, but the rain should stay away during the daytime.

By Sunday night, that system will start bringing us some scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the rain could be heavy at times, as it always is with thunderstorms. The chances of rain continue Monday as a warm front moves through, and Tuesday as a cold front gets close to us.

That cold front should move through here on Wednesday, giving us another good chance of rain and storms. A quick-moving cold front may follow that one later in the week, continuing what might be a rather rainy week ahead at this point.

Regardless of that, the next two days will be fantastic to get out and do things, and perhaps get a little work in toward getting your severe weather safe place ready and getting a kit together for it. Shoes and helmets, some water , blankets and a loud noise maker (like a stadium horn) will all help if someday a storm hits your house and causes major damage. That’s a good start, putting all that in a tote or two near your safe place will make things easier when severe weather warnings happen!

That’s it for me…I’m going to get out and enjoy the weather until the rain starts on Sunday night. Have a great weekend!

April 29, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

As afternoon turns to evening on this Thursday, we’re in the midst of quite a bit of light rain across the area. Round one has finished up for early evening, with another two rounds coming later on. But there’s better news in this evening’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast!

The good news…once the cold front moves through, our weather will be just fine this weekend! We’ll see clouds moving out on Friday and a mostly dry day, then beautiful weather for Saturday and Sunday. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Mostly cloudy and windy. Some scattered showers, maybe a thunderstorm. Low 52.
  • Friday-Decreasing clouds. Highs near 70.
  • Friday night-Mostly clear. Low 38.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. High 72.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny. Highs near 80.
  • Monday-Cloudy with rain and scattered thunderstorms. Highs near 80.

The cold front should move through here just before sunrise in the morning. Once that happens, we’ll cool down a bit, with highs around 70 tomorrow and lows in the upper 30’s tomorrow night.

We get to the weekend, and high pressure will bring us the sunshine for the weekend. By Monday, a warm front will move through our area, enhancing our chances of rain once again. Thunderstorms are possible on Monday, and we could have a two or three day rain event coming up early next week.

I’ll have more on that later. Get out there and enjoy the weekend if you can. It’s going to be fantastic!