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°.
About 5 years ago I made my own at home snowmaker. It was pretty easy to do if you have a good air compressor and some basic plumbing fittings. These parts and good cold dry air resulted in some pretty good snow my first time out. The cool part of doing this is the knowing the science behind making snow and being the coolest dad in your neighborhood!
A cut-off low will bring heavy rain, cold air and even a little snow to the Carolinas today through Tuesday. The biggest threat by far is flooding in the mountains and foothills. While snow will fall to our west we’ll be in the deep moisture on the east side of the low caused torrential rains.
The ingredients are coming together again for a severe weather outbreak across the southeast. This doesn’t look anything a severe as last week but still has the potential to produce damaging wind gusts. So the tornado threat is smaller but the wind threat is higher this go around.