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September 12, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It’s a wild time in the weather world, and a really scary one, too. There are quite a few hurricanes in the Atlantic to deal with, the main one being Florence. We know it’s going to hit the coast somewhere, but whether it’s North or South Carolina remains to be seen.  From there, it will bring rain and wind to us early next week. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through the weekend!

Florence doesn’t appear right now to be going where we thought it was going a couple days ago. Now, it looks to be heading farther south down the coast before it makes it inland in South Carolina. The track seems to go toward Georgia this weekend and up to our area early next week. But even that could change. Here’s the outlook based on what we know right now:

  • Tonight-A few evening showers, then partly cloudy. Patchy morning fog. Low 68.
  • Thursday-Partly sunny with a small chance of rain or a thunderstorm. High 87.
  • Thursday night-Evening rain showers ending, becoming partly cloudy. Low 68.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly sunny, only a small chance of rain. High 87.
  • Saturday-Partly cloudy with a couple stray showers or storms. High 84.
  • Sunday-Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered storms develop in the afternoon. High 80.

As of the 5 PM National Hurricane Center update, Florence is a category 3 hurricane, with winds sustained at 120 mph. That’s still a nasty storm, but weaker than it was this time yesterday. As of that update, it’s supposed to skirt the North Carolina coast Friday, and make landfall in South Carolina (near the NC border) late that night or early Saturday.

If that pans out, tons of rain will fall in southeastern North Carolina and in much of South Carolina. Storm surge will be dangerous near the coast, and the winds will be horrible. That said, it does appear that the storm will move away from there, which is somewhat good news. Florence looks to cut through South Carolina this weekend, and arrive in the Smokies on Monday.

Of course, that means our summer weather pattern should stay that way for a little longer. Where I was thinking yesterday that it might be raining for a lot of Saturday thanks to Florence, many of us might be rain-free, with only a small chance of a summertime pop-up shower or thunderstorm. That will be the case for tomorrow through Saturday.

By Sunday, as Florence weakens and comes inland, its rainfall will start approaching our area. Look for that to bring some gusty winds at times as well. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely by then, and could continue all the way through Tuesday.

That’s how it looks right now. I’ll try to have an update tomorrow before we do high school football on Friday night. This situation is changing by the day, but the one thing we’ve known for a while is that the Carolinas will see some awful weather along the coast starting tomorrow.

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Categories: Daily Forecast, Tropical

October 6, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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Our long dry spell is nearing its conclusion, thanks to what is now Tropical Storm Nate. It arrives on Sunday, bringing rain starting late Saturday. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Tuesday!

Straight to the outlook we go on this fine Friday:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy. Low 54.
  • Saturday-Increasing clouds, a small chance of rain late. High 82.
  • Saturday night-Rain and storms likely with gusty winds. Low 64.
  • Sunday-Rain and storms likely with gusty winds. High 78.
  • Monday-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. Highs near 80.
  • Tuesday-Partly cloudy, with a few showers and storms. High 83.

There is a cold front to our northwest, but that won’t be what brings us the rain for the last half of the weekend. Currently, Tropical Storm Nate is just east of the Mexico coast, about to pass between that and Cuba. From there, it’s through the Gulf of Mexico tomorrow before making landfall along the Gulf Coast tomorrow night. It may well be a hurricane by then.

The first bits of rain we’ll see from that will be late tomorrow afternoon in spots to the south. Most of us, though, won’t see any rain until tomorrow night. From there, expect heavy rain and gusty winds at times with any of the storms through Sunday.

Nate gets through here by Monday, but a cold front does reach us starting Tuesday, so our rain chances diminish a little bit by then.

Keep in mind this weekend that storms could be pretty strong in spots as what’s left of Nate moves through here. Thankfully, it will get through here rather quickly, at least as far as tropical systems go.

I’ll make my way into the weather office (at least one of them) on Sunday and get a weekly forecast ready to roll then. Have a great weekend!

Categories: Daily Forecast, Tropical

September 13, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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Irma is still having an impact on our weather, with a lot of clouds around today. It’s no longer a tropical system, but what’s left of that storm will be leaving us for good in the coming days. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the weekend!

I had to double-check, but according to Tri-Cities Airport records, we actually hit 80 degrees early this afternoon. That’s not the case now, as we’re five degrees below that late this afternoon. A small chance of rain comes in tomorrow, but the next few days look pretty nice. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Cloudy with some scattered overnight rain showers. Low 58°.
  • Thursday-Mostly cloudy, a couple rain showers from time to time. High 72°.
  • Thursday night-A couple rain showers, otherwise cloudy with patchy fog. Low 58°.
  • Friday-Maybe a morning rain shower, otherwise partly cloudy. High 80°.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. High 81°.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny. High 82°.

What’s left of Irma is no longer tropical, and has taken on cold and warm fronts. Once the cold front gets by here, we’ll start to clear out. As it is, the front is not well pronounced, so any organized heavy rain should be minimal.

But rain showers are possible later tonight and through Thursday before moving out Thursday night and Friday morning. After that, we’ll clear out and warm up. Highs in the low 80’s are likely by the weekend, with mid-80’s a possibility from that point through the middle of next week.

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

Categories: Daily Forecast, Tropical

September 11, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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Good evening, everyone! I took Sunday off for a little rest, and the remainder of this evening will bring the same thing. So here’s a quick Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Friday!

Thanks to what’s left of Irma, we’ll have some gusty winds from time to time, with scattered rain showers. It won’t be anything hurricane force, but gusts over 40 miles per hour might happen between now and tomorrow afternoon. Here’s what things look like for the whole week:

  • Tonight-Rain and wind. Low 57.
  • Tuesday-Partly to mostly cloudy, windy with scattered showers. High 74.
  • Tuesday night-Cloudy with scattered showers. Low 55.
  • Wednesday-Partly cloudy, a few rain showers from time to time. High 75.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy, a small chance of rain. Highs near 70.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy, a small chance of rain. High 77.

Irma is going to move to our west through Wednesday, then past us to the north after that. Some of the storm’s cloud cover stretches way up into Canada! Thankfully, it won’t be around for too much longer.

A cold front will come out of what’s left of it, and that is what will help bring off-and-on rain showers through Friday. The best chances of rain are tonight, though, through tomorrow.

Hurricane Jose is still out there, and there are a lot of different opinions from weather models about that one. The prevailing idea right now is that it’s going to make a big loop in the Atlantic through Thursday, then curve either up the coast or out to sea. Landfall is possible, but not until next week at the earliest. I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

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

Categories: Daily Forecast, Tropical

September 8, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It’s a crazy time weather-wise, with three hurricanes churning and two of them about to make landfall between now and the end of the weekend. Our weather will be calm until Irma gets close late Monday. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Tuesday!

We had a record low yesterday, breaking a 29 year old record as the morning low was 45 degrees, beating 47 from 1988. This morning was a low of 44, and that’s likely a record as well. We’ll warm up a bit in the coming days as the weather stays dry through the weekend. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, patchy morning fog. Low 48.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. High 74.
  • Saturday night-Partly cloudy, lows near 50.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny. High 77.
  • Monday-Increasing clouds, with showers and storms late. Highs near 70.
  • Tuesday-Cloudy and windy with rain and thunderstorms. Highs near 70.

There was some fog as late as 10 AM in spots this morning, and that might be the case as we wake up early on Saturday. Other than that, our weather is fine through much of Monday.

By then, Hurricane Irma will likely be nearing Atlanta. By then it’ll be a tropical storm, though. Regardless, winds and rain are going to be an issue anywhere close to that storm. We’ll see showers and storms starting late Monday, with a cloudy day full of rain and wind on Tuesday.

Tropical systems often bring chances for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding. Irma doesn’t look like it will stop near here like what Harvey did near Houston, but heavy rain could cause some flooding periodically, especially up in these mountains. I’ll have updates on that with my next forecast Sunday evening.

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

Categories: Daily Forecast, Tropical
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