>> Saturday, April 19, 2008

Well, after a couple of tornado warnings and a couple of severe thunderstorm warnings, it looks like things are finally settling down tonight for the Charlotte region. Tornado warnings were issued for Cleveland and northwest Gaston counties in the Charlotte News 14 Carolina viewing area, and Severe Thunderstorm warnings were issued for Iredell and northern Rowan counties. Several reports of damage came in, and I will try to post those tomorrow.

The evening sort of turned into a blur, but I wound up doing around a couple of hours or wall-to-wall coverage and a ton of live hits. I am about beat.

Blog at ya tomorrow....


Saturday Evening...

Scattered showers, and a thunderstorm or two, will remain possible this evening as a cold front approaches. If any significant storm develop, some gusty winds and hail will be possible.

A big upper air low will gradually work overhead over the next 48 hours. Look for a good deal of clouds tomorrow and Monday as that occurs. While I can't completely rule out a shower Sunday, I think we will have better chances for some scattered afternoon showers Monday as the upper air low (and its very cold air aloft) move right overhead.

After that, the weather looks pretty quiet through the work week. The GFS might be a bit too fast in dropping in a cold front toward the end of the week...


Midwest Earthquake

>> Friday, April 18, 2008

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit the Midwest early this morning, and it was felt over a large area....even down into the mountains of north Alabama.

Here is the official data from the USGS.


>> Thursday, April 17, 2008

Above is a satellite image I snagged early this evening. That is a big, sprawling low pressure area out in the Atlantic Ocean, and it has caused lots of rough seas and squally weather. In fact, the Carnival Miracle, set to go out of New York this afternoon, was delayed a bit due to those rough conditions on its way into New York. Passengers had to board the ship much later than usual due to the delay. It will be a rough ride for those folks tonight as they sail to Bermuda. I am sure there are lots of other ships battling those foul conditions as well. Just another one of those interesting facets of weather....a low pressure off of the coast that most folks think nothing about is undoubtedly affecting thousands upon thousands of people in one way or another.

Around here, wow! What a fantastic day we just had....highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s with very low humidity values. Tomorrow we will surge into the 80s with lots of sun again. I also need to mention that for the Triad and Charlotte regions, Friday will be our first Air Quality Action Day of the year. I can't remember having one this early in the season before.

Still looks like a chance of showers and some storms later Saturday.


Morning Lows....

>> Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A quick round-up of lows from this morning...

Salisbury: 28
Charlotte airport: 29
Burlington: 29
Albemarle: 30
Concord: 30
Wadesboro: 30
Rock Hill: 32
Shelby: 32
RDU airport: 32
Monroe: 33

However, delightful weather is unfolding for us this afternoon. As I am typing this, it is currently 64 in Charlotte, 65 in Raleigh, 63 in Greensboro, and 61 in Boone. Dewpoint are in the teens and 20s, and there is not a cloud in the sky. In fact, there is not a cloud to be found anywhere from the Ohio Valley down through much of the Deep South.

It will be chilly again tonight as we head into the 30s. There could be some frost in spots. Highs will be well up into the 70s tomorrow, and I think many of us will hit the lower 80s Friday.

Our next shot at showers roll in this weekend.


>> Sunday, April 13, 2008

We had an area of showers move through much of the area late this afternoon into this evening, and in many cases, some gusty winds accompanied the showers. That little disturbance has passed, and while I can't rule out an additional shower overnight, the chances are slim.

A very cold pocket of air aloft will move overhead for our Monday afternoon, and that should lead to a good number of scattered showers. In fact, the air will be cold enough aloft for some hail with some of the showers.

Temps tonight should settle into the mid to upper 30s. Lows will remain in the 30s through Thursday morning. I am thinking the coldest morning for most will be Wednesday morning, but I can't rule out frost really any morning through Thursday morning. Frost looks most likely Wednesday morning though.

And finally, I took the pictures above Thursday afternoon in Kenner, Louisiana. For those that don't know, Kenner is just outside of New Orleans and is located on the Mississippi River. We were spending some time after the cruise with one of my best friends, who is a meteorologist working in New Orleans. Tremendous rains have occurred up and down the Mississippi River Valley, and that has led to very high water levels on the Mississippi. Just about 1 month ago, the river only reached as far as the base of the trees you see in the pictures above. Also notice all of the snapped and uprooted trees along the bank in the last photo. I should also point out that the river was really flowing with great velocity....looked almost like a jacuzzi.

The Army Corps of Engineers decided to open the Bonnet Carre Spillway Friday for the first time in 11 years. This was done to prevent any river flooding in New Orleans.


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