>> Saturday, October 07, 2006

Another great picture from the fine folks at Grandfather Mountain. This picture is looking up at Linville Peak on Grandfather Saturday.

The Grandfather Mountain website is reporting that only about half of the trees above 4500' in elevation have yet to turn. It appears the peak of the color above that elevation will indeed occur within the next week.


Chilly stuff out there today...I don't think we will make it out of the 50s. Cold core upper level low sagging down across our area now. There are some extremely cold temperatures aloft associated with that upper low...cold enough to even produce a little snow up at about 3000' of elevation in Virginia. No snow here, but a sure sign of just hoe potent that upper low is.

It is also quite cold up at Grandfather Mountain....up at the Swinging Bridge Visitor Center, it is a chilly 34 degrees as I am typing this.

This shot of cold air will really kick fall foliage season into full gear. It appears the leaves are changing at least a week ahead of when they did last year, so I fully expect most mountain locations to see their peak of fall color season occur within the next two to maybe three weeks. If you plan to head up there to view the colors, don't miss it. I would plan to go within the next couple of weeks if you could.

Be sure and check out the picture near Grandfather Mountain below.

Everyone have a great day. This weather makes me want to make some of my world-famous chili. I think that just might be what we have for supper today!


Good morning! I am handling the weather this morning through this afternoon for both the Triad and Charlotte. So, preparing two sets of forecasts and graphics as we speak.

I will try to post more later today, but here is a great photo taken by our friends up at Grandfather Mountain. Looks like in that part of the state, fall foliage on trees abouve 4000' could peak within the next 10 days.


>> Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Lots going on lately and not much time for blog posting. Sorry about that....

Warm weather continues through tomorrow, but then big changes take place to finish the work week. First of all, a cold front moves through tomorrow evening and gives us some shower and storm chances. But the big changes are what happens behind that front.

A big upper level low dives into the Carolinas and helps develop a surface low along the coast.Exactly how close to the coast that low develops will determine whether or not we have a couple of raw, rainy days Friday and Saturday. At this point, I think rain Friday looks like a fairly safe bet, but Saturday and Sunday are in question. The European model led the charge with its 0z run today in developing the coastal low a little farther eastward, and now it appears the 12z GFS is going the same. So, we might escape with the weekend looking OK. However, it will definitely be much cooler with highs in the 60s Friday and Saturday. Places like Mt. Airy will likely remain in the upper 50s for highs Friday afternoon.

Tropics are winding down and I think any major hurricane threat has ended.

I am putting together my winter ideas now, and I will post them in this space sometime over the next week or so.

Have a great day!


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