July 4, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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Happy Independence Day! I’ve been given around half the day off today, so the forecast is coming early. Thankfully, there’s some relief from the heat on the way this weekend. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Sunday.

We are still on track this afternoon to break a second consecutive 95 degree record high from 2012 today, as yesterday officially reached 96 degrees. As of 1 PM, it was already 92 at the Tri-Cities Airport. There’s plenty of time for that 95 record to be broken for today, too. But a cold front is coming, bringing temperatures closer to average starting Friday. Here’s the outlook:

  • This afternoon-Sunny and hot. A small chance of an afternoon/evening thunderstorm. High 96.
  • Tonight-Partly cloudy. Low 68.
  • Thursday-Partly to mostly sunny, a small chance of afternoon showers or storms. High 92.
  • Friday-Cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 84.
  • Saturday-Becoming partly cloudy, after a few showers and storms through early afternoon. High 84.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny. High 86.

A cold front is going to make its way through our area Friday night, and as it gets here will spark off more numerous showers and thunderstorms. That will help us stick to the mid-80s for highs starting Friday, then the passage of the front Friday night will bring temperatures more near average for the weekend.

Tomorrow will feature the typical afternoon showers and storms, but cold front induced showers and storms could start as soon as Thursday night (it’ll be muggy with lows near 70). The best chances for rain and storms will be Friday through early morning Saturday.

By Saturday afternoon, any storms should be to our south, and we should have dry weather the rest of the weekend. At least that’s how it looks right now.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! Go enjoy the fireworks tonight, and have a great day tomorrow!

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July 3, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It’s a rain free and hot day around the Tri-Cities, and for most of us, that won’t change tomorrow or Thursday, either. There is some relief from the heat possible late this week. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Friday!

Officially, we did indeed tie the record set on July 3, 2012 for the warmest third of July in recorded history. Apparently the thermometer hit 95 degrees for long enough around 4:20 PM to make that a reality. Tomorrow is a possible record breaking day, but as mentioned above, cooler weather is possible to finish the week. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy. Low 68.
  • Wednesday-Sunny and hot, a small chance of rain in the mountains. High 96.
  • Wednesday night-Partly cloudy. Low 68.
  • Thursday-Partly sunny, with a small chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High 92.
  • Friday-Cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 84.

A dome of high pressure keeps the heat on at least through Thursday, with the most intensity being tomorrow. Our record high tomorrow is the same as today, 95 degrees, set in 2012. Should we get to the forecast high of 96, of course, that’ll be a new record for Independence Day in the Tri-Cities. We’ll see how that goes.

While all of this is happening, a cold front will get organized and move our way. By Friday, it’ll be close enough to bring a lot of clouds and showers and thunderstorms. Those clouds and the rain will cool us off nicely! Once the front moves through, we could see temperatures in the low to mid 80’s for the weekend. That’s right at our average, and with less humidity will feel fantastic!

Thanks for checking here for the forecast today. Have a great Wednesday!

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July 2, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It’s summer, and that means hot weather. Occasionally, we get close to record breaking territory, which we’ll see in the next couple days. Thankfully, things will cool down a bit, we hope, this weekend. More details are on the way with today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast!

There have been a lot of clouds, but abundant sunshine at times today did get our high all the way up to 92 out at the airport. As usual, the farther north or up in elevation you go, temperatures are cooler. Boone is a fine place to be up in the Western North Carolina mountains, that’s for sure! It gets hotter for all of us in the outlook for the next two days. Here we go through Friday!

  • Tonight-Mainly cloudy, with a few showers and storms. Low near 70.
  • Tuesday-Partly to mostly sunny and hot. High 94.
  • Tuesday night-Partly cloudy. Lows near 70.
  • Wednesday-Partly to mostly sunny, maybe a rain shower in the mountains. High 95.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy, a small chance of rain area wide. High 93.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly cloudy, with a good chance of scattered showers and storms. High 85.

Late this afternoon, some storms are firing up along the Scott/Washington County, Virginia, line and in eastern Greene County, Tennessee. These are typical summer storms, and will pop up with the heat of the day in somewhat random places, and then weaken this evening. It’ll be humid and sticky, as some of us might not see a temperature below 70 all night long.

Warm lows mean hot highs, and that’s what’s coming for us starting tomorrow. Today’s high was 92, and we can add a couple to that tomorrow at least. The record high for both tomorrow and Independence Day is 95 degrees, set back-to-back in 2012. There’s a chance we could repeat that feat again, with highs close to 94 tomorrow, and near 95 on Wednesday. Each day does feature a small chance of an afternoon pop-up shower or thunderstorm. Not much of that looks likely for most, however.

A few more clouds give us a couple degrees back on Thursday, and a shower or thunderstorm is possible late in the day once again. Highs will still be around 93. A cold front looks to get close by Friday, and could bring more organized showers and storms. If that happens, look for a much cooler day with the rain, and highs around 85.

I say, “If that happens” because in the summer in these parts, computers show cold fronts getting through here and bringing less humid and a little cooler air, then they don’t actually make it that far. Most of the time fronts stall out and die later in the summer, and we’re a couple weeks from that. I’ll keep an eye on things, but if that front comes through here, Saturday and Sunday could be quite a bit cooler!

Thanks for checking here for the forecast today! Barring things ridiculous, I’ll bring another one tomorrow. Have a great Tuesday!

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June 4, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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There was a lot of rain in our area last week, but this week has started completely different, and for the most part it’ll stay that way. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Friday!

The one caveat to that opening comment is a weak cold front that comes through Wednesday. That might kick off a shower or thunderstorm in spots Tuesday night and Wednesday. But it looks like the air is just going to be too dry for widespread rain until the weekend. Here’s the weekday outlook:

  • Tonight-Mostly clear. Low 54.
  • Tuesday-Partly to mostly sunny. High 83.
  • Tuesday night-Partly cloudy, maybe a shower or storm late in Southwest Virginia. Low 58.
  • Wednesday-Partly to mostly sunny with a small chance of a shower or storm. Highs near 80.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny. High 84.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly sunny. High 87.

Those numbers, first of all, are generally Tri-Cities average highs during the day. You might see a degree or two more or less depending on your elevation or latitude. Folks closer to Knoxville might see warmer temperatures, while those in the mountains will likely be 5-10 degrees lower by the end of the day than what’s posted here.

All that said, we’re headed for dry weather for the most part through tomorrow night. That cold front comes south into our area starting late Tuesday night, so some rain is possible after midnight tomorrow night. Then, as the front moves south, a small chance of rain exists for all of us until the front leaves.

From then on, we should see dry weather the rest of the work week. It looks like for most, we won’t see any measurable rainfall all week long. Better chances of rain and storms are in the mountains, where air gets pushed upward and can create clouds and rain more easily.

It appears that the weekend will take on a different outlook, with rain and storms becoming more likely. We’ll see the weekend look a lot like this past weekend, as it looks right now. I’ll have more updates on that through the rest of the week. Have a great Tuesday!

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May 24, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It’s a beautiful sunny day, with a lack of rain! Don’t get used to that, though, as scattered storms return to the forecast tomorrow and hang around at least in the afternoons and evenings for the rest of the forecast. Welcome to the newest Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Memorial Day!

The cold front that went through yesterday is in the process of dying out across South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. It won’t return as a warm front, but instead we’ll see humidity returning. That will bring the rain and storms back to us as soon as tomorrow afternoon. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, maybe a stray rain shower. Low 63.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly cloudy, scattered storms in the afternoon. High 84.
  • Friday night-A few evening showers/storms, otherwise partly cloudy. low 63.
  • Saturday-Partly cloudy, with scattered afternoon showers and storms. High 83.
  • Sunday-Mostly cloudy, showers and thunderstorms likely. High 82.
  • Monday-Mostly cloudy, showers and storms likely. High 82.

Our weather is more pleasant today than previous days this week, and will be more so than tomorrow, that’s for sure. Temperatures will stay about the same, but the amount of moisture will go up starting tomorrow. That is how we’ll get the increased chance of rain and storms through the weekend.

Keep in mind that there’s a chance of showers and storms each day, pretty much at any time. But the vast majority of the action will be late in the afternoon through early evening Friday and Saturday. Better chances of rain at any time are for Sunday at least, and maybe for Monday.

Monday is in question at this point because of the low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico I was talking about here yesterday. It’s still going to hit the Gulf Coast, but the question to be answered is where it hits and where it goes after that. Camps are split right now on whether it goes farther west and hangs around Mississippi for a while, or if part or all of it hits the Florida Gulf Coast and comes our way.

Either way, if you have plans for Memorial Day, keep the weather in mind. I’ll have a much clearer picture of whats going to happen this weekend, and barring any issues I’ll be able to produce a forecast sometime on Sunday. The computers we use for these forecasts are just too confused amongst each other on the weather for next week right now.

If you’re heading out for graduations tonight (which I’m doing in less than an hour), there are some clouds around, the 4 PM radar seems rather inactive. That’s good news whether the ceremony is outside or not! Keep an eye to the sky either way, and try to get indoors or to your car as soon as you can if you get rain or hear thunder.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast, have a great evening and Friday!

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