May 21, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

May 21, 2018 Leave a comment

There have been a lot of storms moving through today, but the airport readings might not reflect that too much. Most of the action has been southwest of where official readings are kept, and due west as well, moving generally north. More storms are on the way tomorrow, before we settle into a summer pattern through Friday. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for the rest of the week!

Our radio studios are located just over half a mile north (-ish) of the airport, and we’ve seen almost nothing but clouds, and we’re hearing rumbles of thunder. That said, radar estimates over an inch of rain in parts of Greene and Hawkins Counties, along with Scott County in Virginia. Nothing is severe with these storms, but rain could be heavy at times. The same is the case tomorrow. Here’s the outlook through the week:

  • Tonight-A few lingering showers and storms, then partly cloudy. Low 62.
  • Tuesday-Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 82.
  • Tuesday night-Partly cloudy, with evening showers and storms possible. Low 62.
  • Wednesday-Partly cloudy, a stray shower or thunderstorm. High 84.
  • Thursday-Partly to mostly sunny. High 85.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly sunny with an isolated shower or storm. High 86.

A weak cold front is going to get through here Wednesday, and that’s what will shut off chances of rain, more or less, toward midweek. Between now and then, expect off-and-on thunderstorms pretty much at any time, with the best chances being the rest of this afternoon and Tuesday afternoon as well.

Rain chances drop as we go through the day Wednesday, and we may not have anything pop up except in the mountains on Thursday. By the end of the week, we’ll be into the summer trend of a stray pop-up storm being a possibility in the heat of the day.

We’ll stay in the 80’s this week for highs, barring a lengthy amount of rain hitting anyone mainly tomorrow. That could keep a few folks in the upper 70’s. Overnight lows will be within a few degrees of 60 each night through Friday.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! Click the Contact link if you have any questions, and they’ll go straight to me. I’d love to hear from you!

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May 18, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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The weekend is almost here! That’s the good news in the forecast. The rest of the forecast involves showers and storms that we’ll see off and on for the foreseeable future. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Tuesday!

As of around 4 PM, rain has almost stopped at our studios here in Blountville, after about an hour of pretty heavy rain at times. Western North Carolina has seen quite a bit of rain, and the Blacksburg National Weather Service office has Ashe and Watauga Counties in a Flash Flood Warning until 9:30 tonight. Storms are moving almost directly from south to north, and are going to be happening off and on for a while throughout the area thanks to a stationary front that’s parked right over Southwest Virginia. It appears that we’ll see off-and-on thunderstorms for a while. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and possible thunderstorms. Low 62.
  • Saturday-Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and storms, most likely in the afternoon. High 82.
  • Saturday night-Partly cloudy, a few evening showers and storms. Low 63.
  • Sunday-Partly to mostly sunny, with only a small chance of rain. High 86.
  • Monday-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. Highs near 80.
  • Tuesday-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 81.

That stationary front will wobble around near here until tomorrow night, bringing varying chances of rain and storms through that time. Eventually, the front will move north as a warm front, bringing a mostly dry day on Sunday.

Attached to the western end of that warm front is low pressure, dragging a cold front along with it. It’ll get close enough to us early next week to cause off-and-on showers and thunderstorms for at least Monday and Tuesday.

The hottest day in the forecast should be Sunday, but any day with a lack of clouds and storms will likely get up into the upper 80’s fairly quickly. Right now, that does look like it’s going to be Sunday for us. It’ll be quite humid throughout, and overnight lows probably won’t drop below 60 in the next four days.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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May 16, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It’s been a rainy day around the Tri-Cities, without a whole lot in the way of thunderstorms. Low pressure moves near us through tomorrow, which will raise chances of both rain and storms. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through the weekend!

These forecasts are supposed to be daily, and I’m working on returning to that. It’s been over a month since I’ve been able to sit down and forecast! Today I have one ready to go, so here’s the outlook to get us started.

  • Tonight-Mostly cloudy, a few showers and patchy fog. Low 64.
  • Thursday-Mostly cloudy with occasional showers and thunderstorms. High 74.
  • Thursday night-Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. Low 63.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly cloudy, scattered showers and storms. High 78.
  • Saturday-Cloudy skies, off-and-on rain and storms possible. Highs near 80.
  • Sunday-Partly cloudy with a few showers and storms possible. High 82.

As you can see, we’re in the midst of an unsettled pattern over the coming days. Low pressure from the Gulf of Mexico has combined with a stalling cold front to get us in the middle of a lot of action in the atmosphere, where anything from pulse storms to soaking rains to sunshine are all possible, but none of them for very long.

Rain chances drop off once the front moves out of here, but there’s one not far away to take its place. Look for better chances of dry weather this weekend.

Remember, every day–whether there’s a blog or not–there’s a whole group of radio stations where you can hear the weather forecast and severe weather updates. I’m on most hours during the day on WHCB 91.5 FM, 96.3 The Possum (which also broadcasts on 870 AM and 100.7 FM), and 97.3 Love FM (which also broadcasts on 1090 AM, 1230 AM, and 103.3 FM). So that’s eight different places to hear what’s going on, as well as streaming online at,, and

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Storms from Seven Years Ago

April 27, 2018 Comments off

I know I haven’t been around a lot with forecasts recently, and I’m working to get back to my former daily forecast blogging self. I have a lot of things to work through to get there, but regardless, if we have severe weather on the way, you can hear me in the Tri-Cities on 96.3 FM, 91.5 FM, and 97.3 FM with any tornado warnings that might happen.

The point of this post is exactly that, covering tornado warnings. I try to blog my story about the 2011 tornado outbreak that started on April 27. What follows is what I wrote in 2013 about that, and includes the link to my story that was written late in 2011. Feel free to check out the “As Big As the Sky” series, which comes out of those events as well.

April 27, 2011. The worst tornado outbreak in this country in my lifetime. Maybe ever. So much damage and loss of life from Mississippi and Alabama across a lot of Tennessee and a lot of the Eastern third of the country.

As I did last year, I’m posting a link to my story from that day and night two years ago. You can read it here.

During my college years, I always had awful feelings when the latter part of June came around because I lost two friends of mine in car wrecks on the exact same day two straight years. Nowadays, I get those same feelings coming up to the 27th of April. There were so many problems and failures that night…I’m thankful to know that I’ve taken steps to fix a lot of those issues, just in case another outbreak like that happens again. I’ll be ready next time!

Whether you’re a fellow weather professional or someone who just clicked the link from Twitter or Facebook, I’d love to know your story from that day. Click “Leave a Comment” and let me know what you experienced.

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March 27, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It’s been a mostly dry Tuesday, but a cold front brings changes to that trend for the rest of the week. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Sunday!

A lot of folks west of our area will see a lot of rain in the next five days, with 4-5 inches of rain possible from East Texas to near Memphis between now and then. We won’t have to worry about that much here, but good amounts of rain are coming to finish the week. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Mostly cloudy, maybe a few sprinkles. Lows near 50.
  • Wednesday-Cloudy with scattered rain showers. High 72.
  • Wednesday night-Scattered showers, possible thunderstorms. Low 53.
  • Thursday-Cloudy with scattered showers likely. High 73.
  • Friday-Mostly cloudy with a few showers, mainly early. High 58.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. High 68.
  • Sunday-Increasing clouds, some rain possible. High 64.

Today’s high temperature popped up to 67 degrees this afternoon. With the exception of Friday, we’re going to be close to or above that the entire forecast period. And with that in mind, the holiday weekend looks promising!

A cold front is organizing out to our west, and will likely get close to here by Thursday. Then it will be overtaken by another front, which will move through Friday. That’s what will bring our semi-constant chance of scattered showers the rest of the week.

Tomorrow looks mostly dry, but rain will be a part of the day as well. Ahead of that front, temperatures will keep climbing, even more than they did today. Thursday should feature more rain, but it should still be quite warm.

With the cold front moving out on Friday, we’ll start to see rain chances drop. Our best chance at a completely dry day out of the next five will be Saturday. Most of Sunday should stay dry before a new cold front brings in rain late in the day and at least through Tuesday.

Interested in baseball? Most high school teams play conference/district games on Monday and Tuesday, so it doesn’t look good for those games right now, or for much of the rest of this week. However, breaks in rain tomorrow might get a game in, depending on field conditions.

As far as the big leagues go, this year is the earliest Opening Day in a long time, if ever! On 96.3 The Possum, we’re about to start our 11th season covering the Cincinnati Reds, with first pitch Thursday at 4:10 as they play the Washington Nationals. Coverage on 96.3 FM, as well as 100.7 FM (near Kingsport) and 870 AM (until sunset) will begin at 3:40 Thursday afternoon…we hope!

The forecast for baseball in Cincinnati is not a good one either, sadly, but we’ll see how things go. A well timed break could see the game played on time!

Thanks for checking out the forecast, have a great day!

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