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.
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.
There are two things that I take very, very seriously in my job. #1 is severe weather coverage and always being there for my viewers, followers and fellow neighbors when the weather turns ugly. #2 is being the most accurate source for weather information in the Charlotte area. I want to focus on the #2 in this blog post. Read more
I’ve been watching this low for a few days now and last night it really got it’s act together. There is a tight low level circulation but it’s mainly a cold core system. Meaning it’s not truly a tropical storm but likely a hybrid storm or even a sub-tropical depression. Check the radar and satellite loop below.
Like last years supermoon on March 19th which was a big hit among sky watchers. This Saturday there will be an equally amazing sight as the biggest full moon of the year will occurred at 11:35 EDT. Another rare treat will occur Friday night as the annual Eta Aquarid meteor showers will be peaking. Though the supermoon will far out shine the meteor shower.
Now that April is almost over the temperatures this month are looking closer to average. Though looking back this months temperatures are starting to really put March in perspective. Remember March 2012 in Charlotte was the second warmest on record. That record book goes back 134 years to 1878. The main reason for all the warm air in March was a very stagnant weather pattern a lack of snow cover and drier weather.