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August 5, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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We hit 90 degrees this afternoon, which was a bit unexpected. Thanks to a lack of storms, the sun was able to heat up the atmosphere nicely. That said, we should stay below that mark in the coming days, with off-and-on storms through much of the week. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Friday!

The only rain around us this evening (as of around 6:30pm), is one shower that’s popped up in Mitchell County, North Carolina, that’s drifted into Unicoi County, Tennessee. Otherwise, it’s been a sunny and unexpectedly warm day. We’ll warm up at least into the upper 80’s tomorrow before rain chances go up on Wednesday. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy to mostly clear, morning fog possible. Low 63.
  • Tuesday-Mostly sunny, a stray rain shower in the mountains. High 87.
  • Tuesday night-Partly cloudy. Low 65.
  • Wednesday-Partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered afternoon showers and storms. High 84.
  • Thursday-Partly to mostly sunny, with a small chance of rain. High 86.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 85.

We’re in a summer weather pattern for the moment, with an emphasis on sunshine and not much in the way of afternoon storms. Tomorrow should feature the same thing, although I’m not sure if we’ll see 90 again. Some might, but the official number shouldn’t get up that far.

A cold front approaches from the northwest on Wednesday, but dries out Wednesday night. It will get close enough to bring some afternoon showers and storms our way. That chance of rain could extend all the way into early Thursday morning.

Our next good chance of rain from that point could be Friday, when a stronger cold front looks to move through here. Be forewarned, though, that what the weather models give four days ahead this time of year may be taken away by the time we get there. So I’m not confident on rain chances for Friday being too high. If the front comes through, then yes. But if it gets hung up and washes out before we get here, we might not see much. So, this forecast stands in the middle of the road, and we’ll see which truck runs over it in a few days.

If the front does get through our area Friday, that could lead to a dry, less humid weekend, with temperatures a touch below average. That would certainly not be a bad thing. I’ll have more on that in the coming days.

Thanks for looking here for the forecast! Make sure to check out the Severe Weather Safety Rules page. It’ll tell you all you need to know (maybe too much?) about what to do in the event of a severe weather warning for where you are. While the sun is out is the best time to determine where to go for flood, severe thunderstorm, or tornado warnings. Once you know that, you can make a sign to put up so everyone knows where to be when dangerous weather is happening, and you’ll help keep everyone safe!

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July 29, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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Dry weather has been the order of the day for the past several days. A few locations have seen some rain today, and rain chances do increase for all of us for the rest of the week starting tomorrow. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Friday!

Most of our weather is dry today, except in Johnson County where a storm fired up earlier today. Scattered showers are happening in Southwest Virginia from near Abingdon to just south of Richlands eastward toward Rural Retreat. Otherwise, things are mostly sunny and dry as the evening begins. Many more storms are possible in the coming days, though. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Mostly clear, a small chance of evening rain. Low 65.
  • Tuesday-Partly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 85.
  • Tuesday night-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. Low 65.
  • Wednesday-Rain and thunderstorms likely. High 84.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy with off-and-on showers and storms. High 85.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 84.

A cold front is currently located across the middle of the country, and in the coming days that will approach our area. As it gets closer tomorrow afternoon, rain chances go up, as will possibilities for thunderstorms. Storms could be strong, but chances of severe weather are small.

The cold front gets into Southeast Kentucky on Wednesday, and then stalls. It will wobble around here here as a stationary front for a couple days, increasing and decreasing chances of storms as the front gets closer and farther away, and as low pressure develops. So keep that in mind as we get into the latter part of the week.

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July 18, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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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

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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

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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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