April 2, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It’s been cool and dry this week, but warmer weather is coming! So is some rain, but that’s a day or two away. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Saturday!

We’re still below average on the thermometer for this time of year, but that’s about to change. High pressure goes from near us to east of us, which will bring south winds and warmer weather. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Becoming mostly clear. Low 34.
  • Wednesday-Mostly sunny. High 65.
  • Wednesday night-Partly cloudy, low 38.
  • Thursday-Partly sunny, high 73.
  • Friday-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High 72.
  • Saturday-Partly cloudy, with a small chance of rain. High 75.

As mentioned above, high pressure will bring us good weather through most of Thursday. It’ll be a bit chilly tonight, but for the next two days, that’s the worst it’s going to be.

By Thursday night, a cold front will bring rain to our area, and maybe some thunderstorms. The rain tapers off during the day on Friday behind the cold front, with only a small chance of rain starting the weekend on Saturday.

I know it’s a big weekend, so next time on the blog I’ll have a full forecast for the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, including chances of racing. Have a great Wednesday!

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March 29, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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Hopefully you’ve enjoyed a fantastic and warm Thursday! We get another day like this tomorrow, before a cold front temporarily changes things this weekend. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Monday!

We finished things off today at 67 degrees, which is just a few degrees above our average this time of year of 63. Typically, spring presents us with a roller coaster of temperatures, and we’ll see a bit of that this weekend. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Clear skies. Low 38.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny. High 71.
  • Friday night-Partly cloudy. Low 48.
  • Saturday-Increasing clouds with a small chance of rain. High 75.
  • Sunday-Mostly cloudy, rain early in the day. High 53, dropping late.
  • Monday-Mostly sunny. High 57.

High pressure will scoot off to our southeast and eventually off the southeast coast. That provides us with south/southwest winds and warmer weather coming from that way. That will get us low 70’s tomorrow and mid 70’s on Saturday.

The closer you are in our area to Kentucky or West Virginia, the better chances of rain you have on Saturday. But even there, I don’t expect a washout. Our best rain chances, with possible thunderstorms, are Saturday night as the cold front moves through. We do have a bit of a lingering rain chance on Sunday behind the front, mainly early.

Temperatures on Sunday will drop from a high around midnight in the 50’s into the 40’s by the end of the day. In the mountains, some of the rain might change to light snow flurries, especially north of the Tri-Cities.

After that, high pressure returns and we’ll dry out. Monday should be a sunny day, with temperatures a bit below average. It looks like our next rain chance from that point will be on Wednesday.

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

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March 27, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It’s been a beautiful day today, and we have two more to go before rain gets its first mention in today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast. Welcome to it!

The past week was an interesting one, in which I stayed home most of the time! Other than a short junket to Pigeon Forge with my nephews, I needed to stay in the other six days of my vacation! So, sadly there won’t be a write-up about that big weather meeting in Starkville (at least not from me), but here’s a quick forecast to fix that!

  • Tonight-Clear skies. Low 38.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny. high 68.
  • Thursday night-Partly cloudy. Lows near 40.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny with highs near 70.
  • Saturday-Increasing clouds, with some rain possible. High 73.
  • Sunday-Cloudy with scattered showers. High 58.

High pressure keeps a cold front away until Saturday, when the front finally moves in across Kentucky and Tennessee. So dry weather is likely at least for a couple days!

In fact, there is a small chance of rain Saturday mainly for folks north of the Tri-Cities. I’ve included it for everyone in the area just in case. Our main chance of showers and possible thunderstorms arrives Saturday night, with scattered showers likely on Sunday.

I’ll have an update on the beginning of the rain before we hit the weekend. Enjoy your Thursday!

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March 21, 2019: Spring is Here!

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Hello, all! I’m on vacation over the next five or six days, but I wanted to do a couple things while I’m thinking about it.

First, Happy Spring! The first day of Spring arrived on March 20th late in the afternoon. For everyone’s information, this means:

  • The days are getting longer. This started in late December, believe it or not, and became more obvious with the recent time change. Days won’t start getting shorter with each passing day for a few months.
  • Warmer weather IS coming. It’s fashionable these days to think that any cold/hot/rainy/snowy situation is a terribly intense thing, which means every winter was horrible when we really haven’t had a bad one in a while. So better weather is coming.
  • Severe weather season is coming. See the Severe Weather Safety Rules page for more information on that, to find out where to go and when for tornado, severe thunderstorm, or flood warnings in every place you live or frequently visit.
  • The worst of winter is probably over. But, see below for more on that.
  • Baseball season is near. Go Cubs Go!

This DOES NOT MEAN:

  • Cold days/nights are over. Yes, sometimes in Spring there is cold weather, especially early. Transitions of seasons don’t really care what day it is on a human calendar. So we might have overnight lows below freezing for a significant time at night occasionally for over a month.
  • There won’t be any more snow. We’ve had blizzards hit this late in the year. Two cold fronts back-to-back can drop us from the 50s to the 20s in a couple days, and that second one could bring in the snow. So don’t put away the cold or snow gear just yet. As mentioned above, the worst of winter is likely finished for us.
  • Unseasonable or extreme weather in any season is a sign of something wrong. Hardly! The earth is in cycles all the time, and there are not a lot of observations–mainly assumptions–before about 150 years ago or so. Genesis 8:22 is the bottom line as far as I’m concerned, regardless of assumptions or observations. In the King James Version, it says: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

Now that we’re finished with that, I’ll have a post or two next week about the Southeast Severe Storms Symposium at Mississippi State that’s coming up. It’s going to be sort of like my NWA meeting reports (you can find them in the Weather Info section at the top of the page), but not nearly as lengthy. I’ll try to get that in before I return to work Wednesday.

And speaking of National Weather Association meetings, the annual one is in Huntsville, Alabama, in September! That’s close enough to drive, so I’m working hard on getting to go to at least 3 days of that as well. But that’s a long way away, with many forecasts between now and then!

My next forecast on the air should be during the afternoon on the 27th, and the newest full forecast should be up either that day or the 28th. Thankfully, it appears that our weather will be rather benign until then…just some rain tomorrow and early next week.

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March 18, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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We’ve entered a cool and dry weather trend across the Tri-Cities area, and most of that description should last all week and into the weekend! Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Friday!

There is a decent chance we may have rain moving in Wednesday night and Thursday as a cold front moves through early in the day. That’s the extent of the rain in the forecast for now. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Mostly clear, morning frost in spots. Low 25.
  • Tuesday-Mostly sunny. High 54.
  • Tuesday night-Mostly clear, low 28.
  • Wednesday-Partly cloudy, high 57.
  • Thursday-Mostly cloudy with a few rain showers. High 55.
  • Friday-Decreasing clouds. High near 58.

High pressure controls our weather through Wednesday, keeping us cool and dry. Rain chances begin as a cold front pushes our way Wednesday night, and we could see scattered showers Thursday as well.

After that, sunshine returns during the day Friday as it looks right now. We may have dry weather this coming weekend with highs in the low 60s. That definitely sounds like a plan for the first weekend of Spring.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! I’m off on vacation (or preparing for it) until the middle of next week, partly at the Southeast Severe Storms Symposium this weekend at Mississippi State. As usual, I’ll have a full update about that trip upon my return.

Until then, I’ll see you again here next Wednesday. Have a good one!

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