@TrentMWeather yeah that's why I didn't even try, way too steep.
With all the heat of the past month around Charlotte and the talk of extreme weather. I thought I’d take a look at when we really do get our extreme weather in the Charlotte area. I already knew when this was but when you look at the actual numbers there are quite revealing. In this case I’m going to be talking just about temperatures and their extremes or in this case record highs and lows.
Pretty cool sight the past few morning on the Doppler radar as thousands of purple martins take flight from their overnight roosts. These birds gather in the thousands in certain locations to roost for the night. Then each morning for a few weeks in the summer they all take off to forage for food around sunrise. These flocks are so large that they show up on Doppler radar as rings. These rings start small then get larger until the birds have spread out and the ring disappears.
The cool start to summer is about to change dramatically to some of the hottest weather we have seen since last July. Last July was the last time we 100° heat in the Charlotte region when on the 29th and 30th of last year we hit 100° and 101° on back to back days. There is an outside chance we could approach the all-time record high for Charlotte which is 104° set on back to back days August 9th and 10th 2007. August 2007 was the last time we had 3 days in row with 100° highs and 6 days at 100° or high in the month.
Everyone is very familiar now with military drones like the predator. Which rose in fame during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and now for missile strikes on al-Qaeda in remotes areas of the world. One of the other high altitude surveillance drones the Global Hawk is being adapted to do hurricane and severe weather research. One of the main issues with gathering weather data over the ocean in particular is we just don’t have much data to go on.
A very rare treat will be visible Tuesday evening: The transit of Venus will be visible from the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada, Contact I should occur within about a minute of 6:03 p.m. EDT. You can’t view if unless you have special glasses but Discover Place in Uptown will be holding a special viewing event from 5-8pm Tuesday. Click here for more information. Discovery Place Transit of Venus Event.
A strong cold front will be bringing the threat for severe storms to the area Friday afternoon and evening. There are a few things that may reduce or enhance the chances of severe storms. Mainly the timing of the front and the amount of heating and instability that is achieved prior to arrival of this front. Right now that arrival and threat appears to be late afternoon and evening with the primary threat being straight line winds. If the front arrives sooner then the threat could be diminished but if it arrives slower during the heating of the late day and evening then the severe threat could increase. Below is a video discussion of the potential event.
As someone who has a wife completely terrified of snakes I’m always on look out for them around the yard. Don’t tell my wife but I see them all the time and I rarely kill them I relocate them. shhhh!
This year though my Facebook and Twitter pages have filled with pictures and comments about all the snakes. You may have even seen this picture from down in Columbia, SC which was of a snake climbing a tree and it was almost 10’ long.
For the second weekend in a row there is a good chance we could see an early season tropical storm off the Carolina coasts. Just like last weekend we aren’t talking about a major storm, but with many people heading to the beach this weekend there could be some impacts. The main threat from rain and clouds wouldn’t be until Sunday or Monday. There are still many things to work out with this system.