Pinpoint Weather: Quiet pattern heading into the weekend as we start to warm up again
The Coastal Plain is getting a good deal of rain, may not see a dry day for a while as a stationary front lingers along the beach. The impact to our area will be low as far as rain chances are concerned as there is a wedge of air hovering over the Piedmont and Foothills that should effectively cut off any rain that may try to move our way. The mountains are a different story though as there may be a chance for some off and on rain showers through the weekend.
Thursday looks to be another dry day as the temperatures creep closer to seasonal normals. The Air Quality is improving as the upper flow has shifted away from the direct line flow from Central Canada and we are slowly rebounding as far as AQ is concerned. Southside Thursday will be dry but some variably cloudy skies are likely to keep the temps down a couple degrees.
Friday is another day where temps gain a degree or two from the previous day and should cross the 90° mark in a number of locations east of the Foothills. This heat will be short lived, but we are not going to cool off for long either.
Saturday may be a brief break from the heat as there is a wave of energy that will bring some showers our way. Nothing major and not much in the way of flooding is expected, but temps will be down a bit due to the rain and cloud cover. Sunday, we start a decent run of 90° plus heat. Remember to stay hydrated and keep an eye on your neighbors as we head back into another heat wave starting Friday and continuing into next week.
The National Hurricane Center has concluded that the forecast for an above normal season is on track and no updates to the numbers is anticipated. The graph below shows the forecast. Although the pace is not expected to be accelerated to the point of last years record season, there is still a need to stay aware of the storms and get prepared. Our region is far from the coast, but tropical moisture often pushes this far inland and our topography can enhance the rainfall and increase the chance for flash flooding. It only takes one storm to define a season, so we need to prepare for anything. Last year on August 4th Isaias moved along the coast generating several tornados and causing significant damage. That was the 9th named storm of the season, we are currently sitting at Five named storms.