>> Friday, September 29, 2006

There were indeed some pretty intense storms yesterday evening around the Carolinas. The most concentrated wind damage reports came in from the Triad region over through the north part of the Triangle. Here is the storm report map from the SPC...the blue dots represent a wind damage report.

Here is an image sent in to us from Mike in Hillsborough...nice shelf cloud rolling in.

How about that weather out there today! CLT airport dipped all of the way down to 47 this morning, and I think many of us struggle to get out of the upper 60s today. As I am typing this, the summit of Grandfather Mountain is sitting at 30 degrees! Tonight will be another chilly one with lows well down into the 40s. The NC mountains will see a frost, and a few spots will even see a freeze. Grab a jacket as you head out to watch high school football this evening as temps will dip into the 50s by the end of the games. Football weather! Great weather continues through the weekend.


>> Thursday, September 28, 2006

Quick post about our severe weather chances through this evening. Very strong winds aloft with the approaching storm system. Below are the 500mb and 300mb charts valid at 8pm tonight from the 12z NAM.

The winds at 500mb easily exceed 50 knots this evening, and any storm with a strong enough updraft to reach that layer can tap those winds and bring them down to the surface.

Factors in favor of some severe weather through this evening....

  • Negatively tiled trough
  • Looks like NC is close to if not in the right rear entrance region of a 300mb jet streak
  • Temps have warmed into the lower 80s in many spots
A factor against severe weather chances this go-around are relatively low dewpoints. Dewpoints remain in the 50s this afternoon....while that is moist enough for some severe weather, generally you need dewpoints in the 60s to get the really serious stuff.

So, all in all, I certainly think some damaging winds are possible this evening. I can't completely rule out the risk for an isolated tornado or some small hail, but winds definitely look to be the main severe weather threat. Flash flooding does not look to be a problem due to the fast-moving nature of the storm system.

A pretty nasty storm fired over Burke county this afternoon, but there have been no reports of damage with it. There have been some storm reports come in from eastern Tennessee.

Stay with News 14 Carolina for all of the latest information. We will walk with you through the storms if/when the occur.


>> Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Beautiful Wednesday evening in progress out there with temps easing into the 60s and pleasant humidity values. A little pocket of 700mb moisture passed overhead today, and that created some rather stubborn cloudcover in many spots.

Saturday morning still looks like the coldest morning so far this season with lows well down into the 40s. The mountains should see a frost, and some mountain locations could even see a freeze.

It really looks like we have settled into at least fairly comfortable weather for a while, and I am getting the idea we may be finished for the year with any significant heat.

Those of you that tuned into the Triad version of News 14 Carolina got to see me on your airwaves for the first time today. I was on from 11:00am until 5pm. Monte has taken over on-air duties this evening. I will be holding down the same time period again tomorrow in the Triad. On the Charlotte side, I will also be handling the 11-5 on-air duties, and then I am to the early morning shift Friday.

Letting the food digest some right now. We just got through eating what I think might have been the biggest baked potatoes I have ever seen. And, after leftover chicken parmesan for lunch, I am a bit stuffed.

Everyone have a great evening. Enjoy the weather....it is nove out there right now!


>> Monday, September 25, 2006

The Triad edition of News 14 Carolina is alive and active this morning. Welcome to all of you up in that part of the great state of North Carolina. Get ready for news and weather coverage like you haven't experienced before!

Not much time for posting last weekend...Saturday I was doing the AM and midday shifts for Charlotte and dry runs at those time periods for the Triad....lots of weather hits! Yesterday, my duties were just confined to the Charlotte side of things, but I got a little under the weather as the day progressed.

Congrats to the Panthers on a much-needed win yesterday. Also, congrats to my Mississippi State Bulldogs for also checking in Saturday with a much-needed win.

Enjoy the nice fall weather this week....looks nice! Gotta head on out the door this morning to our pre-natal appointment...heading down the home stretch now.


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