For the first time this winter there is lots of winter weather to talk about. The first part of this is the coldest air of the season on the way Friday night into the weekend. The second part is the possibility of a little winter precipitation east of the mountains. While the second part is still questionable the first part is a sure thing. The mountains will see a good 1-3” of snowfall with the Arctic front Saturday. There’s some new energy showing up in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend with the past few model runs. This is a trend that I’m watching closely.
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You’ve all seen them. The tiny lizards that run all over the side of your house, the fence and the ground on warm and sunny days. They are called Carolina Anoles(Anolis carolinensis) and they come in two main colors green and brown. Though they are also often called American Chameleons because they will change colors depending on the background object they are sitting on. Lots of people keep them as pets and they are very resilient.
This winter is 2/3rds of the way over meteorologically and it’s been a far cry from a “real” winter even by Carolina standards. The mild temperatures have been only one part of the equation. We have had warm winter temperatures like this and not in the too distant past. The odd part to me and just about every other snow lover is the lack of snow. Not only have we had no snow but we have lacked even a hint of winter weather. Either snow, ice or mixed precipitation.
Not a lot of change from last night except for the threat increasing in eastern NC. I still think our biggest concern here in the western Carolinas will be a squall line which could produce damaging straight-line winds. There also is a small flood threat for the upstate of South Carolina into the mountains.
I’m keeping a close eye on the storm system down in Louisiana and Mississippi right now. This system has brought flooding rains and severe storms to Texas already and is doing the same tonight along the Mississippi river. I expect the system to weaken a bit but there will be enough energy left with this that it bears watching for some strong storms. I don’t expect any tornado threat right now unless the triple point track right over us.
Update: The storms are moving very fast 55mph so all times have been moved up 2-3 hours from my early post.
A very potent arctic cold front is quickly moving across the mid-south this morning heading towards the Carolinas tonight. There are a few threats to watch out for as the day and night progresses. The 1st would be strong surface winds from the southwest ahead of the front. These winds will be 20-30mph with higher gusts to 40 mph as the afternoon and evening progresses. The second threat will be the front itself which should cross the region between 10pm to around 12 am tonight.
It’s always fun to look back at the past year as I did with my Top Ten Weather Events of 2011 for our area. My Blog really took off in 2011 and I’m hoping to make it even better in 2012. One of my resolutions is to blog even more and add some tech content in the new year. Plus try a weekly Livestream and chat to talk about weather with all of you. Read more
With 2011 coming to an end I put together my annual top ten weather events that have had a significant impact on the Western Carolinas. I will start with the beginning of the year and work my way to the end. The order is chronological and not intend to be rank by severity or impacts. These are just the top ten weather events for the year.
Cold dry high pressure has wedged itself up against the mountains this evening. While at the same time a mid-level disturbance is moving along the Northern Gulf Coast states. This disturbance will provide just enough moisture to ride up and over the cold and very dry air mass in place over the piedmont & foothills of North Carolina late tonight & early Monday morning.
Ever since I’ve been working in Charlotte there has been a running joke among my fellow meteorologists about the “official” temperature readings taken out at the airport. For years I’ve noticed there is a sharp dip in temperatures in-between hours in the morning. We’d be at 30° at 6am and 29° at 7am but some how in the hour in-between the low would come in at 25°.