HAPPY ECLIPSE DAY! SOME CLOUDS ARE LIKELY BY 2PM TODAY AND MOUNTAINS MAY SEE A FEW SHOWERS

GOOD MONDAY MORNING.  I HOPE EACH OF YOU HAD A GREAT WEEKEND.  IT IS ECLIPSE DAY AND EVERYONE WANTS CLEAR SKIES TO VIEW THE PHENOMENON.  THE NEXT TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE WILL BE 2024.  NOW LETS GET TO WEATHER FOR TODAY AND THE UPCOMING WEEK.

PATCHY FOG THIS MORNING BUT NOTHING ON RADAR THIS MORNING.  THERE IS JUST ENOUGH BUOYANCY THAT A FEW AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND STORMS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS.  ONE OR TWO COULD DRIFT EAST INTO THE FOOTHILLS BUT THE CHANCES OF ANYONE SEEING RAIN OUTSIDE THE MOUNTAINS IS SLIM.  WE SHOULD NOT HAVE MUCH IN THE WAY OF TROUBLE WITH VIEWING THE ECLIPSE THOUGH OUTSIDE THE MOUNTAINS.  THE FOLLOWING GRAPHICS ARE MODEL SIMULATIONS OF WHAT SATELLITE (CLOUD COVER) COULD LOOK LIKE AT 2PM AND 3PM.  THE ECLIPSE TIME IS BETWEEN 1:00PM AND 4:00PM TODAY WITH IT MAXING OUT AT 2:39PM.  EXPECT PARTLY CLOUDY SKIES IN THE FOOTHILLS BUT IF YOU ARE IN THE MOUNTAINS THERE COULD BE MORE CLOUDS THAN SUN, LEADING TO POOR OBSERVING CONDITIONS THERE.  OUR VIEWING AREA WILL NOT SEE A TOTAL ECLIPSE BUT IT IS STILL GOING TO BE AN AWESOME VIEWING EXPERIENCE.  OUR AREA WILL SEE 96 - 99% OF THE SUN COVERED THIS AFTERNOON.  SKIES WILL STILL BECOME DARK ENOUGH TO SEE MERCURY (WHICH IS NOT VISIBLE WITHOUT AN ECLIPSE BECAUSE ITS TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN), JUPITER, MARS, AND VENUS. IF YOU PLAN TO HEAD SOUTH TO THE AREA THAT WILL SEE 100% ECLIPSE YOU BETTER GET ON THE ROAD.  TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED TO BE PRETTY BAD TODAY DOWN THAT WAY.  I HAD NO PROBLEM TRAVELING FROM CHARLESTON TO MORGANTON YESTERDAY THOUGH.  TEMPS WILL MAX OUT AROUND 1:30PM TODAY IN THE MID 80'S.  DURING THE ECLIPSE TEMPS COULD FALL AS MUCH AS 10 DEGREES VERY QUICK.  BIRDS WILL START CHIRPING, CRICKETS SINGING, AND ANIMALS WILL BECOME CONFUSED.  AS THE ECLIPSE COMES TO AN END TODAY AROUND 4:00PM TEMPS WILL CLIMB AGAIN AND SHOULD HAVE TIME TO TOP OUT IN THE UPPER 80'S BEFORE SUNSET.

TUESDAY WILL FEATURE SOME MORE OF THE SAME.  HOT, HUMID, BUT WILL SEE A COUPLE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND STORMS.  HIGH TEMPS WILL BE IN THE UPPER 80'S AS A COLD FRONT APPROACHES FROM THE NORTHWEST. 

THAT COLD FRONT WILL ARRIVE WEDNESDAY AS A DIGGING TROUGH BEGINS TO OVERSPREAD THE SOUTHEAST.  WIDESPREAD SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY IS EXPECTED ON WEDNESDAY.  THE GREATEST THREAT WILL BE LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING WHERE STORMS TRAIN OVER THE SAME AREAS.  LIGHTNING COULD BE VERY FREQUENT AS WELL.  HIGH TEMPS SHOULD STILL TOP OUT IN THE UPPER 80'S TO AROUND 90 DEGREES.  OH BUT THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER IT WILL BRING....

BY THURSDAY THE COLD FRONT IS OFF TO OUR SOUTH AND EAST CREATING NW WINDS THAT WILL DOWN SLOPE OFF THE MOUNTAINS.  PARTLY CLOUDY SKIES LOOK TO BE THE RULE BUT NO SHOWERS OR STORMS EXPECTED. HIGH TEMPS SHOULD TOP OUT IN THE UPPER 70'S THROUGH SATURDAY.  BY SATURDAY THE RAIN CHANCES RETURN TO THE FORECAST.

 

CHRIS WHITE

CHIEF METEOROLOGIST