Expect another hot day with uncomfortable humidity allowing for the “feels like” temps to range into the middle to upper 90s in some spots over the Piedmont. There will be periods of rain for the next several days and that is likely to bring some localized flooding to our region.
The storms are part of a complex pattern that has developed including high pressure off the coast, moisture in the Gulf of Mexico and a front to our northwest. These features will all work in concert to provide us several days of wet weather.
The rain will not be constant but will arrive in shifts or waves. The area that will be most impacted by rain will be the mountains. The Appalachians will provide the correct mechanism, lift, to generate more rain than other locations. Mind you, all of us will see rain, but more is expected over the Alleghany and Blue Ridge Mountains.
Flooding and Flash Flooding is a concern for the next several days as the ground has not yet dried out from our last round of rainy days, so it won’t take much to push us to the tipping point again. Stay alert for rising waters this weekend and especially if you live in flood prone locations.
Temperatures will be on the very warm side to nearly hot as they reach the low 90s Friday and hover around the 90° mark for the weekend and early part of next week.
The Climate Prediction Center, a division of NOAA, released the mid-season hurricane update. They have not backed down from their original expectations of an above active season, but have reduced the numbers slightly.
“Although it has been a relatively slow start to hurricane season, with no major storms developing in the Atlantic, this is not unusual and we therefore cannot afford to let our guard down,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “This is especially important as we enter peak hurricane season—the next Ida or Sandy could still be lying in wait. That’s why everyone should take proactive steps to get ready by downloading the FEMA app and visiting Ready.gov for preparedness tips. And most importantly, make sure you understand your local risk and follow directions from your state and local officials.”