Good Monday morning…we are in a stagnant pattern with high pressure aloft centered north and east of the Carolinas.
Ever heard of the term “dirty ridge”? We are definitely seeing that right now across the Eastern US. Aloft, high pressure is located across the Mid-Atlantic and that is bringing very hot conditions for the 4th of July Week. Since we are south of the ridge, a light easterly flow is advecting low level moisture into the Carolinas. As you can see on the water vapor image we have an upper low off the East coast moving west toward the Southeast Coastline. You can also see on the water vapor that a good bit of moisture at the low levels are trapped across the Interior Southeast.
Visible satellite shows even better the low level clouds that are hanging quite tough this morning across the Southeast including the Western Carolinas. Also, of note…a weak surface low may be developing in the North Central Gulf of Mexico…overall given high pressure is the dominant player aloft, there are plenty of features that is preventing the region from just baking under sunny skies.
With the lack of a trigger and with clouds limiting surface instability, shower and storm chances are not very high today. A stray storm is possible through the afternoon…
Temps today are expected to reach the low 90’s by 3 pm…but that will be dependent on just how much the region clears out after lunchtime.
Have a great day!
Foothills Weather Network