Forecast Discussion: Wednesday August 16th, 2017

Good Wednesday to everyone across the Foothills and Western Piedmont of Western North Carolina…


The last several days has been active in the weather world, especially in our part of the country. We are still entrenched in a very humid and sultry airmass across the Western Carolinas. The one thing that has changed is that we are seeing more of a northwest flow thanks in part to some ridging back to our west…that is going to help reduce storm chances for today.


Expect partly cloudy skies for your Wednesday and just a stray storm chance, mainly along the Blue Ridge. Temperatures will top out later today in the mid to upper 80’s but with dewpoint still expected near the 70 degree mark, it will make those high 80’s feel more like 90’s. With the humid air that will result in warm muggy nights continuing with lows slowly making their way down to the upper 60’s to lower 70’s.


Thursday could possibly turn out to be a bit more active convectively as surface winds veer back to southwest thanks in part to a developing trough and frontal boundary approaching the region. Even so…it will continue to be hot with upper 80’s expected.


For the upcoming weekend, the hot and muggy weather continues and if anything the heat may be pumped up a knotch. Each day will feature slight storm chances with temperatures in the low 90’s across the Foothills and Interstate 40 Coridoor. A couple mid 90’s are possible for our Piedmont locations. The combo of heat and humidity in the afternoons could result in some heat index values approaching the 100- degree mark on Friday in particular…


The Weather Prediction Center precipitation forecast over the next several days show that rain amounts will not be as substantial as what we have seen in recent days across the region.


Daniel Crawley,

Foothills Weather Network