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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!

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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

September 6, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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The cold front is gone, so is the rain and some of the clouds. That will lead to a string of dry weather through the weekend. That said, Irma is a big deal and will have our attention in the coming week or so. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the weekend!

Temperatures are cooler today, with areas socked in under clouds not even close to 60 this afternoon in the mountains. A break in the clouds hit the Tri-Cities early this afternoon, so that’s warmed us up to around the 70 degree mark. That’s going to be the start of a long dry trend in the next four days. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy and cooler. Low 49.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny. Highs near 70.
  • Thursday night-Fair skies. Low 49.
  • Friday-Sunny. High 75.
  • Saturday-Sunny. High 76.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny. High 77.

That’s about as simple as it gets. With high pressure passing to the north of us, we have nothing to worry about weather wise through the weekend.

Meanwhile, there are three systems working in the tropics right now, and of course the focus is Hurricane Irma. It’s still a devastating Category 5 storm, battering the islands near (and including) Puerto Rico now.

The track is changing, and it appears a Matthew-type approach to the east coast of Florida, but this time it might slam into South Carolina and Georgia on Monday. If it doesn’t go fully over land, that would cause problems for lots of people…including maybe us by the time we get to next Tuesday. If it does get here, we’ll see lots of rain and wind, with flooding possible. I’ll have more on that the closer we get to it.

That said, Hurricane Jose is following behind Irma, but far enough behind to where its curve to the north should happen before the Leeward Islands and stay offshore. We can only hope that’s the case! Fish storms are good things, especially when we’re dealing with two hurricanes in this country in the span of a month.

Tropical system number three is Tropical Storm Katia, and it’s near Mexico now in the Bay of Campeche. It’s going to stay there for a while, before eventually going ashore as a hurricane near Veracruz. It won’t be a threat to the United States, it appears.

There’s a lot going on weather wise, and a lot to chew on for us meteorologists. That said, it’s not happening here for the next five days, as things stay  cool and dry. I’ll have another update on that and the hurricanes (we might have 3 by then!) tomorrow afternoon.

Categories: Daily Forecast, Tropical
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