The Week Ahead:

Good afternoon, Foothills Weather Nation!

The GSP National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the Foothills:

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
546 AM EDT Sun Jul 29 2018

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for northeast Georgia, piedmont
North Carolina, western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight.

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and
evening. Brief heavy rain, gusty winds, and cloud-to-ground lightning
will be possible.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Monday through Saturday.

..Monday...No hazardous weather is expected at this time.
..Tuesday...Heavy rain possible. An unsettled pattern will set up
over the region, resulting in periods of heavy rainfall.
..Wednesday...Heavy rain possible.
..Thursday...No hazardous weather is expected at this time.
..Friday...No hazardous weather is expected at this time.
..Saturday...No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

What a teaser to what our week ahead has in store for us! We're looking at a rain oriented week with Tuesday and Wednesday being our currently forecasted peak. A new standing, deepening trough is developing on the eastern US providing a conveyor belt of the Gulf's warmth and moisture. Let's get into the details.

Near Term Forecast (Today-Tonight)

The clouds are filling in across the forecasting area as we speak along with temperatures hovering around 85 degrees. It's possible to see the temperature bump up another degree or so, but otherwise we are generally close to our high for the day. Winds are currently coming out of the NE at around 6-8 mph and the chances of rain begins it's ascension. Starting at 5 pm on through the night we have a 50% chance of rain and thunderstorms. This won't decrease despite the lack of diurnal energy as a river of precipitable water funnels into the area.

Short Term Forecast (Monday-Thursday)

Sunshine and natural melatonin will be sparse for our work week as each day is currently forecasted for mostly cloudy skies. Conditions will generally be stagnant as each day brings promise of rain and thunderstorms, high temperatures in the mid to low 80's, lows snuggling close to 70 degrees, and winds from the southwest. Tuesday and Wednesday we will see an extra flux of rain as a higher concentration of precipitable water will ebb through paired with a local jet maximum that will add to the summertime energy. Current precipitation probabilities for Monday-Thursday are 60, 80, 70, and 70 percent respectively. As per summertime protocol, we can expect lighting and gusty conditions locally per storm. 

Long Term Forecast (Friday-Sunday)

Our standing trough will weaken at the start of our weekend expressing less available energy, but this doesn't suggest a change in local upper atmospheric flow ie. little change in our bounty of water. Expect continued mostly cloudy conditions, temperatures in the low 80's and upper 60's for the highs and lows respectively, and more south-southwesterly winds. Current precipitation probabilities for Friday through Sunday sit evenly at 60%. 

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned and stay dry!