August 25, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

As I finish off my sixth National Weather Association annual meeting, and the second virtual one, I feel as recharged about the weather as I ever have! I have a lot of ideas for new things to produce in the coming days and weeks, so we’ll see how all that goes.

The weather out there is hot, with some pop-up showers and storms around to cool things off for some, but not many. While it’s 94 degrees as of 5:30 PM at the airport, rain is falling just a few miles to the east! That kind of scenario will be the case in the coming days, but not likely in that type of distribution. For some basics, here’s the outlook through the weekend:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, a couple showers or storms in the evening, patchy morning fog. Low 68.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny, some pop-up showers and storms possible in the afternoon. High 92.
  • Thursday night-Partly cloudy, with a few evening showers and storms lingering. Low 67.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny, a slight chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High 91.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny with a small chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High 91.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny, maybe an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High 92.

The thing about this forecast, is it’s pretty much the same! Our temperatures will be about the same each day, and the chance of rain and storms is about the same. There’s a lot of research going on about the formation of these storms that will hopefully bring us a way to predict where they’re going to happen and when on a more accurate basis than “maybe in the mountains” or “late in the afternoon.” I’m looking at the data on that very closely for sure!

Until the day comes when I’m more able to see where these things are going to pop up two, four, or six hours ahead of time, I have to be a bit more vague for now. Just be aware, as most around here are this time of year, that storms pop up in the afternoon and you need to take action to be safe from lightning, even if it’s not raining! That goes for sporting events and going to the fair, too.

When it doesn’t rain, heat will be an issue. It’s best to do things either early in the day or late in the day to decrease your chances of not having issues with said heat in the coming days. We’ll have temperatures getting into the 90s each afternoon all the way through the weekend.

Speaking of the fair, Appalachian Fair time is here! WHCB, 96.3 The Possum, 97.3 Love FM, and 93.7 Goat FM all have a presence at two booths at the Fair in commercial building #1! I’ll be there on Saturday afternoon in the WHCB booth. Stop by and say hello during the afternoons through Saturday!

August 24, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog for today! Lots of things are going on, but I wanted to make sure to get a blog ready for today. So here’s the forecast through Saturday, outlook first!

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy. low 68.
  • Wednesday-Mostly sunny, a slight chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High 93.
  • Wednesday night-Partly cloudy, a stray evening shower or thunderstorm. Low 68.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny with some scattered showers and storms possible. High 91.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny, a slight chance of rain or a thunderstorm in the afternoon. High 91.
  • Saturday-Sunny and hot, with a small chance of rain late. High 92.

We’re at the western side of high pressure, which means winds are tending to come from warmer places to our southwest. Thanks to that, we’re going to have warmer temperatures, and it’s likely each afternoon will top out over the 90 degree mark every day into the weekend.

There aren’t any fronts or low pressure systems near, but it does look like a small chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm exists each day through Saturday. The best chance of that right now looks to be Thursday afternoon, as those storms look to be more numerous. Otherwise, only a stray pop-up shower or thunderstorm is possible.

The weather will be hot, so if you’re going to the Appalachian Fair or anywhere else outdoors for an extended period in the hottest part of the day (late afternoon, generally), make sure to take all the precautions to stay cool while you’re out! If possible, anything you need to do outside should be moved to later or earlier in the day if possible.

As for the Fair, all of our stations are represented in Commercial Building #1 in our two booths! We hope you’ll stop by and say hello each afternoon through Saturday!

August 23, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Hot weather generally means mostly calm weather as well. Thanks to that, the weather office has been filled with weather talk since yesterday. That said, if you’re headed for the Appalachian Fair this week, prepare for hot weather! Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Friday!

I hope you’ll stop by our booths at the Appalachian Fair in commercial building #1 this week! We’ll be there from the mid-afternoon into the evening, and we’d love to see you there! The WHCB booth is on one side, partnered with Love FM and Truth 104. 96.3 The Possum and 93.7 GOAT FM are together on the other side! We’d love to see you at either booth or both of them at the Fair!

Weather-wise, this is the week of the annual National Weather Association meeting. I normally attend those, and wanted to go this year, but current COVID issues kept me from hauling myself to Tulsa, Oklahoma, this week. It’s pretty sad, because I have friends there and was looking forward to seeing their part of the country! That said, the daytime parts of the meeting are done virtually, which certainly helps!

Now, let’s get to the forecast…here’s the outlook!

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, some morning fog in spots. Low 65.
  • Tuesday-Sunny and hot. High 92.
  • Tuesday night-Partly cloudy, low 65.
  • Wednesday-Mostly sunny, a small chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High 93.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny, a few pop-up showers and storms possible late. High 92.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly sunny with a small chance of a shower or thunderstorm. Highs near 90.

Frankly, there’s not a whole lot to talk about in the forecast! The center of a dome of high pressure will be almost on top of us for the next few days, allowing our days to heat up quite efficiently, while suppressing rain chances for the most part. But as it is with any summer day around here, the mountains will help make there always be a chance of a late afternoon shower or thunderstorm.

I think Tuesday looks most likely to stay dry, and then Wednesday may feature storms only in the mountains. Thursday’s chance of rain at this point will include everyone…but at a small percentage, we’ll see some get rain, but most won’t. And it could be a rather sharp difference between where you are and a mile or two away!

We’ll have lows this week in the mid-to-upper 60s, and our highs will be at or above 90 each day this week. It looks right now that the hottest days will be Wednesday and Thursday, as highs pop up into the low 90s.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! Have a great Tuesday!

August 20, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

It’s almost high school football time! We are getting ready for Sullivan East vs. David Crockett from Bluff City. Our coverage starts on 96.3 The Possum at 6:15, and we’ll start on the air at 7:15 tonight. You can tune in online at 963ThePossum.com.

Meanwhile, we are starting to dry out a bit from all the rain the last couple days. It looks like we’re about to enter a mostly dry spell through the weekend and into early next week, with hot temperatures returning. Here’s the outlook for a quick look at the coming days:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, some patchy fog in the morning. Low 64.
  • Saturday-Sunny. High 87.
  • Saturday night-Partly cloudy, low 65.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny, with a small chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon. High 88.
  • Monday-Mostly sunny with highs near 90.
  • Tuesday-Sunny and hot with a small chance of rain. High 92.

If you’re headed out to one of the many high school football games tonight, things look just fine across northeast Tennessee. Temperatures will drop from the 80s toward kickoff down into the 70’s, maybe to near 70 or a bit below by the end of the game. Should be a perfect night for football!

After that, we return to summer weather for the foreseeable future. Sunshine and very warm weather are likely this weekend, and that could bring a small chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm starting Sunday afternoon, and each afternoon through Tuesday.

Be aware that if you’re out and one of these storms hits, delays are possible in any events that are going on. I know for certain that lightning is frightening…so get indoors if you hear thunder, because it takes lightning to get that sound!

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

August 8, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

A new week is upon us, and the weather will be hot and humid with some thunderstorms possible each afternoon all the way through Thursday. In other words, it’s our normal August forecast for this week!

It does appear that later this week, afternoon rain chances will go up, after some isolated storms each afternoon early in the week. Here’s the outlook:

  • Sunday night-Partly cloudy, some morning fog. Low 64.
  • Monday-Mostly sunny with a small chance of a pop-up shower or thunderstorm. High 88.
  • Monday night-A small chance of rain in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low 67.
  • Tuesday-Mostly sunny, a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon. Highs near 90.
  • Wednesday-Partly to mostly sunny, with a few afternoon showers and storms developing. Highs near 90.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 88.

In behind-the-scenes weather terms, there’s a chart that shows what the atmosphere is like at 500 millibars, which is 18 thousand feet or so above us. The higher the number (called “thickness”) on the chart, the higher the temperature–if there are no clouds and rain. The higher numbers for that are above 594 dm (which is our 90+ line generally) for much of the week.

Knowing that, it seems hot weather is possible. The difference is where are the storms going to pop up? If they happen at the right time in the right place, we won’t have hotter temperatures. The problem is, we have absolutely no idea where those somewhat random afternoon storms will form. Which makes this a tricky forecast…which, honestly, forecasting the weather always is.

So for the first two days of the week, expect sunny and hot weather with a pop-up shower or thunderstorm possible late. The chances of rain go up a bit on Wednesday. A cold front forces more showers and storms to come in on Thursday, so cooler temperatures are possible. Quite honestly, I’m not sure if 88 is missing the Thursday temperature too high. I”ll update it as we go along.

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