July 18, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

July 18, 2019 Leave a comment

It’s an interesting sight looking northeast from Blountville right now, as storms are close enough to see and hear, but not close enough to feel the rain at almost 6 PM. Summer weather similar to this will continue through Saturday, then big changes are on the way. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Monday!

A Flood Advisory is out for parts of Scott, Russell, Washington Counties and the City of Bristol, Virginia, and Sullivan and Johnson Counties in Tennessee thanks to storms firing up in Southwest Virginia and training over the same areas. That’s until 8 PM tonight. So if you’re there, be aware of potential flooding and make sure to evade any flooding and don’t try to power through it!

Before we get to the outlook, we did break a record today, at least so far! The lowest we’ve seen on July 18th as of 6 PM is 72 degrees. If we don’t drop below 70 tonight before midnight, that will be the record warmest minimum temperature the Tri-Cities has seen on record for this date. That 70 mark was last reached in 2015.

Now…the outlook through Monday:

  • Tonight-Cloudy and muggy with a few showers and storms this evening. Lows near 70.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy and hot, a few popup showers and storms may occur in the afternoon. Highs near 90.
  • Friday night-Maybe a stray shower or thunderstorm in the evening, otherwise partly to mostly cloudy, with lows near 70.
  • Saturday-Partly sunny, a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm late. High 91.
  • Sunday-Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 85.
  • Monday-Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 80.

Showers and storms are still scattered around in parts of our area, but some haven’t seen rain much at all today. That’s the story in the summer, and we’ll continue to see that through Saturday, as nothing organized will be here through the next couple days. The weather will be hot, though, so if you have to be out in it, prepare accordingly to stay cool!

A cold front looks to move our way Saturday night, bringing us good chances of showers and thunderstorms both Sunday and Monday. Should that actually happen, we may see temperatures in the low 80’s into the middle of next week.

You can probably sense a little uncertainty there. Cold fronts rarely get past us without converting to a warm front and coming back the other way shortly thereafter. It looks like the cooler air mass may have more staying power to actually keep us from the 90 degree mark for close to a week starting thanks to rain-cooled weather Sunday and Monday. Hopefully it actually happens!

Thanks for checking here for the forecast on this stormy (for some) Thursday. Have a great Friday!

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July 16, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

July 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Here’s a quick update to the forecast from yesterday, adding on Saturday.

  • Tonight-Partly Cloudy. Lows near 70.
  • Wednesday-Cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 85.
  • Wednesday night-Cloudy with scattered showers and storms. Low 68.
  • Thursday-Mostly cloudy with off and on showers and storms. High 85.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy and hot, a slight chance of an afternoon shower or storm. High 91.
  • Saturday-Partly cloudy, some showers and storms possible in the afternoon. Highs near 90.

Other than tomorrow, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry get closest to us (if you call near Detroit close), the rest of the forecast is typical summer. Do be aware that some storms Wednesday and Wednesday night could bring heavy rain and gusty winds at times.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast, have a great Wednesday!

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July 15, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

July 15, 2019 Leave a comment

It’s another 90 degree day in the Tri-Cities, with most areas around us at least near 80, even in Western North Carolina. What’s left of Tropical Storm Barry will bring us some rain and possible storms on Wednesday. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Friday!

As it tends to be this time of year, we can have a good chance of rain and still have a large chunk of the day rain-free. So scattered storms and temperatures in the upper 80s are all rather common, as the scattered storms don’t move in, but rather develop over us. That looks like the situation for Wednesday, but we have hot weather to get through first!

  • Tonight-A stray shower or storm this evening, then partly cloudy. Some patchy fog by morning, low 68.
  • Tuesday-Partly sunny and hot, a small chance of rain late. High 92.
  • Tuesday night-Partly cloudy, a small chance of an evening shower or thunderstorm. Low 67.
  • Wednesday-Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms in the afternoon. High 85.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 86.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy and hot, with some scattered afternoon showers and storms. High 91.

We’re on the outside periphery of the aforementioned Barry right now, which is bringing us more clouds today and a couple pop-up storms are developing near the higher elevations, the normal places for that to happen.

What’s left of Barry is in Arkansas right now throwing clouds all the way over here, with some occasional storms as far east as Middle Tennessee. It’ll visit Illinois tomorrow, then go east toward Ohio by Wednesday. It’ll exit into the Atlantic via the Northeast on Thursday. The closest it will get to us as a low pressure system is on Wednesday, which will bring us our best chance of rain and thunderstorms.

While we still name it Barry after it’s no longer tropical, we’re not talking a hurricane here. Storms we do get will bring gusty winds and a lot of rain at times, and we might even have Severe Thunderstorm Warnings to talk about from time to time. None of that will be as organized and as widespread as what happened in Louisiana this weekend. So it won’t be terrible everywhere, but individual storms may make life interesting at times on Wednesday.

After that, nothing organized will be around for the rest of the week, but the atmosphere will be unsettled enough both Thursday and Friday to bring us a good supply of rain and storms, especially each afternoon. Friday will be one of those situations with lots of clouds, a good chance of rain, and a hot day all at once, as we’ll get back to at least 90 for the last day of the work week.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! Remember, if you’re in the Tri-Cities you can hear me on the radio at 91.5 The Blessing, WHCB twice an hour almost every hour of the day. I’m on 96.3 The Possum once an hour, and on 97.3 Love FM a couple times an hour most hours as well. Make sure you tune in!

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July 9, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast (with @Ottersoccer shout out!)

July 9, 2019 Leave a comment

It’s not hot everywhere today, but we did reach 91 degrees in the Tri-Cities today. Up in Boone, however, it’s 68 degrees and foggy! We won’t see much weather like that off the mountain for this Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast, but it would be nice!

Our local semi-pro soccer team, the Tri-Cities FC Otters, are playing in Boone at Appalachian State’s soccer complex against Tobacco Road FC (as this post is written), and it looks a lot like November up there. Perfect for soccer, I suppose, with no sun and not terribly foggy, but a little odd since a lot of Tennessee saw 90+ temperatures today. More of that is to come tomorrow, but cooler times are coming…kinda. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-A stray evening shower or storm, otherwise partly cloudy. Low 68.
  • Wednesday-Sunny and hot. Maybe an afternoon shower or storm. Highs near 90.
  • Wednesday night-Partly cloudy, a couple showers or storms are possible. Low 68.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 88.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy with scattered storms possible. High 86.
  • Saturday-Partly to mostly sunny, a couple shower or storms. High 87.

The first part of the forecast is typical of our summers here. We’ll have a lot of sunshine, with showers and storms popping up in the mountains. Some of those will move down here, and those that don’t will spawn new storms for us occasionally, then after dark the storms die out. That’s pretty much the story through tomorrow night.

Late tomorrow night, though, a cold front will bring more clouds to us. That front will bring scattered showers and storms to our area on Thursday, but it shouldn’t be an all-day rain situation. As it looks right now, the best chances of rain will be the later we go in the day.

Scattered storms are possible Friday, since we’ll be close to the cold front that recently went through. It may be the opposite of Thursday, where rain chances drop as the day goes on. Either way, any time during the day on Friday could see rain or a thunderstorm, but not all day.

The front stalls far enough south of us to keep us in more stable air on Saturday and perhaps on Sunday. That will bring us our best chances of dry days.

Meanwhile, low pressure to our south will move into the Gulf of Mexico, and may become Tropical Storm or Hurricane Barry. Many computers show Barry forming near the Louisiana/Texas coast near the border and moving into Southwest Louisiana through Sunday. That’s well out of our range, but it could bring some rain and gusty winds early next week. I’ll definitely keep an eye on that.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast. Have a great day!

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June 25, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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Summer officially began last week, but we’re going to start seeing typical Southern Appalachian weather for summer beginning this week as hotter weather arrives. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Saturday!

Thankfully, the storms yesterday didn’t amount to much by the time they got to our area. We had a couple severe thunderstorm warnings, but for the most part those storms were weakening when they arrived. High pressure keeps that from happening for the most part for the rest of this forecast.

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, with patchy morning fog. Low 58.
  • Wednesday-Mostly sunny after fog wears off. High 87.
  • Wednesday night-Partly cloudy. Lows near 60.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny, maybe a pop-up thunderstorm in the mountains. Highs near 90.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny with a slight chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High 88.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny, afternoon and evening pop-up storms are possible. High 88.

We will have cooler temperatures tonight, with high pressure almost directly over us. With that, some patchy fog is possible in the morning. Be careful driving around in that late tonight and early Wednesday.

After that, the sun comes out and clears things out for most of the day. That will give us highs in the upper 80’s during the day. Thursday has the usual summertime slight chance of rain or a thunderstorm in the afternoon, but should be mostly sunny as we approach 90 degrees.

The rest of the forecast looks the same way. Sunshine for most of Friday and Saturday, with summer showers and storms a possibility late in the afternoon through early evening. I think the better chances of storms will be near mountains, like Virginia/Kentucky and Tennessee/North Carolina border areas.

An organized chance of rain and storms might come with a cold front Sunday or Monday. But this time of year, I’ll have to watch the model runs and see if that’s a possibility. Much of the time in summer, fronts that are projected to move through either never make it, or hover around for a while.

If they never make it, our weather won’t change. But fronts that hang around here might bring more showers and storms and cooler temperatures because of the clouds. I’ll keep an eye on it. Have a great Wednesday!

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