It’s always fun to get a text at 12:45 in the morning telling you that there is a tornado watch until 5am. Being the next meteorologist on deck, I decided to get up and check the radar. Sure enough we had a line of showers and storms flare up ahead of the cold front during that time. Oy! So I headed in. Luckily the storms didn’t produce any warnings in our area, but the rain was very heavy. Check out the satellite/radar at 3:00am:
I did see a couple of reports of small hail, but otherwise it was just heavy rain and gusty winds. However, there were a lot of severe weather reports in the region. Mostly over central and western North Carolina:
The cold front has since moved through and now we are drying out:
Winds have turned out of the west/northwest and dew points are dropping into the 50s. They will keep dropping through the day to the 40s. So it is going to feel great out there with highs in the low/mid 70s. The only real negative will be the pollen. It will be at about an 8 out of 10 today. Tonight we’ll see clear skies and light southwest winds. Temps will drop down to the upper 40s to low 50s. It will get a little chilly. Plants and pets should be ok though.
Tomorrow we’ll be ahead of another cold front. However, this time we won’t have the humidity out ahead of it like we did yesterday. So that should stop any thunderstorms from forming. However scattered showers are forecast for the late afternoon/early evening. We’ll cool down for a while behind that front. In fact…highs will only be in the low/mid 60s for about 5-6 days. The average high is 69 degrees. The period will be mostly cool and dry, but a few showers on Saturday as a weak area of low pressure forms well to our south.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler