Saturday Nate Update

>> Saturday, October 07, 2017

Hurricane Nate is heading for a Saturday evening landfall along the central Gulf coast. The greatest issues with storm surge and wind will be along the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf coasts and to a somewhat lesser extent southeastern Louisiana and western-most Florida Panhandle. 

For the Carolinas, scattered showers will be with us Saturday, and a couple of rumbles of thunder are also possible. However, the more significant rains from this system will hold off until later tonight into Sunday.

Chances for areas of rain and storms will remain high Sunday and into Monday as well. It will not be a constant rain, but at any juncture, some showers or storms will be a possibility.

Soupy tropical air will remain in place through mid-week, so my forecast will continue to highlight scattered showers and storms.

Rainfall amounts over the next few days will be greatest in the mountains. In the mountains and the immediately adjacent foothills, 3-6" of rain are possible through mid-week. Piedmont rain totals will likely be in the 1-2" range with locally higher amounts. 


Big changes are on the way this weekend

>> Friday, October 06, 2017

After some excellent Autumn weather again unfolds around the region Friday, big weather changes take place this weekend.

Tropical Storm Nate, now in the western Caribbean Sea, will send tropical moisture into the southeastern US. This moisture will interact with an approaching frontal system and provide us with increasing opportunities for rain as the weekend rolls along. 

Saturday will feature some scattered showers, mainly during the afternoon. But the majority of the rain will occur Sunday into Monday.

Exact rain amounts remain questionable, but in general, I think many in the region could receive 1-2" when all is said and done. The mountains could easily exceed 3" when all is totaled.

Considering most of us haven't had measurable rain since the second week of September, this is welcome news.


Watching the tropics

>> Thursday, October 05, 2017

TD 16 could become Nate soon, and we have a pattern change ahead for the Carolinas:


More of the same for now, but changes are coming

>> Wednesday, October 04, 2017

More of the same is on tap weather-wise here in the Carolinas over the next few days. And that is not a bad thing..... we have enjoyed spectacular October weather over the last few days. 

Our forecast remains dry through Friday with cool nights and warm sunny afternoons. In fact, foothill and piedmont spots will likely top out in the 80s for highs Thursday and Friday. 

Over the weekend, rain chances will be on the increase. A tropical low pressure area will continue to try to develop in the western Caribbean Sea, and that system should lift into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. The eventual track that system takes will determine our weather specifics, but the general idea is for us to have good rain chances Sunday and Monday here in the Carolinas. 

Stay tuned to Spectrum News... as always, we will have complete tropical updates for you at :21 and :51 past every hour. 


Great weather marches on

>> Tuesday, October 03, 2017

But some rain chances increase down the road. Today's video:


Great weather continues

>> Monday, October 02, 2017

We finally had some beautiful, more typical fall weather settle in over the weekend with comfortable afternoons and cool nights. The weather pattern will remain essentially the same over the next several days with only a subtle warming trend each day.

Most piedmont highs will remain in the 70s through mid-week with lows in the 40s and 50s. Mountain areas will have highs in the 60s to 70s. 

Rain chances will remain scarce through the work week with only slowly increasing rain chances by Sunday and next Monday.


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