Good Saturday to everyone across the Western North Carolina Foothills and Western Piedmont.
Before we talk about the local weather, Hurricane Harvey continues to lash the Texas Coastline as of this morning and will continue to do so through the weekend. Harvey made landfall around 11 pm Friday night between Port Aransas and Port O’Conner Texas as a Category Four Hurricane with winds of 130 mph. Harvey makes the first major hurricane to make landfall in the Continental United States since 2005. High winds, storm surge and potentially catastrophic flooding will be the calling card of Harvey as it slowly meanders around Southeast Texas over the next few days.
Now, shifting attention back to the local weather…our area is still being influenced by a surface high over the Great Lakes. Surface winds out of the northeast today will result in a mix of sun and clouds. Those clouds may even produce a stray shower for some in the foothills. Regardless, temperatures will continue to be on the cool side today with high’s on average in the low 80’s. No real changes are expected tonight as we’ll have variable clouds and low’s in the 60’s.
For Sunday we will start to monitor happenings off the Southeast coast as a tropical disturbance over Florida will begin to pull north off the Georgia and South Carolina coastline. This disturbance could develop into a tropical cyclone but most computer model guidance indicates minimal development through Sunday. What the disturbance will do is help strengthen the east and northeast flow across the Carolinas. Sunday and Monday both could turn out to be a breezy timeframe, especially the further east you are in the Carolinas. It will also keep temperatures around the 80-degree mark thanks in part to additional clouds.
As we get to Tuesday any low development off the Southeast Coast will begin to move off to the east that will loosen its influence on our weather. By mid week the Western Carolinas will get back to a more warm and humid setup as a flat ridge aloft will extend from the Southwest Atlantic westward to the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. This will give the Western Carolinas a 500mb flow from the WSW over the northern edge of the ridge.
Temperatures will start to rebound back to the mid 80’s. The combination of the Western Atlantic ridge and the high moisture content with Harvey will slowly begin to assert itself to our weather…mainly in the form of some afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
Foothills Weather Network