Depression 2 Has Weakened. A Cold Front. And Social Weather.

July 23rd, 2014 at 9:06 am by under Weather

*Update on Tropical Depression 2…see bold text below.

Ok, we’ve got a few topics in the cards today.  Let’s talk about the tropics first.  Tropical Depression 2 is having trouble hanging on.  By the time you read this, the system may be dead.  It was looking very ragged on the satellite by 8 am.

T.D. 2 On Satellite

T.D. 2 On Satellite

Officially, the system had winds of 35mph, and it was moving WNW at 20mph.  That’s a pretty fast mover for a tropical system, and it will probably act to weaken it further. So we are about ready to write off ole’ T.D. 2.

*11 AM Update: Tropical Depression 2 has weakened to a tropical wave. This weak area of low pressure will still bring some gusty winds and rain to the Lesser Antilles tonight.

Locally there will be some changes taking place across the region.  Today we started off with patchy fog in the region.  Otherwise it was a quiet morning.  We’ll go to partly cloudy skies today with some isolated showers and storms in the area.  High pressure is in control, so the chance for rain is fairly low.

Today's Weather Map

Today’s Weather Map

Winds will be southwest at 8-12mph.  High temperatures will be in the low/mid 90s with a few 80s near the shore.  So it will be hotter and very humid today.  Tomorrow, however, a large cold front will move through the region.  This will bring us a pretty decent chance for rain to the region.  I put the chance at 60%, but stay tuned.

Tomorrow's Forecast

Tomorrow’s Forecast

The front will come through sometime between the mid morning and the early afternoon.  We could see some heavy rain and gusty winds along the front.  I would say that a half inch to an inch is possible, but higher amounts may form in a few of the storms.  We’ll still manage to get into the upper 80s, but I’ve backed off the 90s as the front looks to move through a little quicker.  We will start to dry out late Thursday night.  A stray shower could linger over North Carolina Friday morning. Otherwise, we’ll see some nice weather on Friday. Highs will be in the mid 80s.  We’ll see another nice day on Saturday with highs in the low/mid 80s and dry.  However, it will warm up again on Sunday. Highs will be in the low 90s again, and we’ll also see a few late day showers and storms.  Another mega cool-down is headed for the Midwest early next week (I’ll never call it the “Polar Vortex”.  Some of that cooler weather will move into our region by mid week.  Stay tuned for updates.

Finally, we’ve talked about the benefits and challenges of doing weather on social media.  The challenges have been more prevalent and increasing over the past couple of years.  Our region is not alone though.  There have been problems around the entire country.  Here is a new article from  Facebook No Friend To Weathercasters.  I have worked across town from both meteorologists Brad Travis and Dan Satterfield.  They really know their stuff.  So this article was especially enlightening to me.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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