10% Isolated Storm
It was a beautiful day in the Classic City. Just a tad bit on the warm side though. We recorded a high of 85°F, which was no where close to our record high temperature of 94°F set all the way back in 1925. Warm and mostly dry weather will continue tomorrow and most of Saturday. Also, we have an early start to the hurricane season. Details below!
Tonight: partly cloudy with a 10% chance for an isolated storm mainly before midnight. Light southwest winds. Low near 59°F.
Friday: partly cloudy and very warm. 10% chance for an isolated thunderstorm after 12 PM. Most of us will stay dry. Southwest winds at 5-10 mph. High near 86°F.
Friday is shaping up to be similar to what we saw today. We’ll start the day with temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s. We should see a good bit of sunshine with a few clouds by the afternoon and evening hours. Best rain chance will likely remain well to our north and west. (Along and north of I-85)
Main story tomorrow will be the warm temperatures. Our average high for 4/21 is 75°F. We’ll likely be 10-12 degrees above that tomorrow as highs climb into the mid-to-upper 80s.
If you are planning to attend the G-Day game Saturday afternoon, the weather will likely remain dry. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds with very warm temperatures. Highs expected to climb into the mid 80s once again. Make sure you bring your sunscreen and stay hydrated if you attend the game. We will have a chance to see scattered showers and possibly a few strong storm Saturday evening. It will likely develop after sunset. As of now, the severe threat appears rather low. We’ll have more details about your Saturday forecast in tomorrow’s post.
Tropical Storm Arlene Forms
The Atlantic Hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1st, but Mother Nature doesn’t necessarily abide by the rules. At first the system was a subtropical depression. It means that the storm had characteristics of both a tropical system and a typical non-tropical system we would see over land. However, this morning it fully acquired tropical characteristics and became a warm-core low pressure system. With storms really firing up in the center, the National Hurricane Center upgraded it to a tropical storm at 5 p.m. EDT.
The last time we saw a named storm form in the month of April was Ana in 2003. Here’s what the National Hurricane Center wrote in their discussion this afternoon:
Tropical storms in April are rare and Arlene is only the second
one observed in this month during the satellite era. It should be
noted, however, that this type of storm was practically impossible
to detect prior to the weather satellite era
Arlene will not impact the United States and will remain over the open waters of the Atlantic. It should weaken and dissipate over the next 24 hours.
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