Last night a cold/cool front moved into the region. We had some scattered showers and storms that moved in and fell apart, but then some more scattered showers re-formed this morning. The front is stalling out over the region today instead of just to our south.
This means a couple of things. First, we will cool down compared to yesterday, but it will still be humid. Plus, it will still be warm over North Carolina. Highs will be in the mid-upper 70s in southeast Virginia. We’ll be in the 80s over northeast North Carolina. The second effect is that we could see some thunderstorms this afternoon on top of the on-and-off showers in the region. These would probably happen later this afternoon into the evening as we get some limited heating. Skies will be cloudy or mostly cloudy. So I don’t think temps will warm too much. Plus, we have northeast winds at 5-10mph. Winds will be variable over North Carolina.
Tomorrow the front will bump north a bit. We’ll heat up to the low 80s with mid 80s in North Carolina. We’ll have mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers and a few storms. A second front will drop in Friday night. That boundary will finally dry us out. So we’ll be mild and dry over the weekend with highs in the upper 70s. We’ll stay dry into early next week with temps warming a little into the lower 80s.
In the tropics there are two features that we are watching.
Tropical storm Kirk is near the Lesser Antilles. It is moving to the west at a steady pace. It will move over that island chain later today. Heavy rain and gusty winds will be possible, but it shouldn’t be too bad there. Then it will move west and become non-tropical by the weekend.
Leslie is post-tropical as of this writing, but it looks like it is gaining some tropical characteristics again. The storms are starting to form closer to the center. So this may become a sub-tropical storm soon.
I did find one interesting article recently about hurricane Florence and some of the buoys near the coast. Apparently, there were a few offshore sensors off the coast of North Carolina that sent back information as the the storm moved towards the shore. However, if the storm had tracked closer to the South Carolina coast, then the sensors would have been much more limited. According to the article budget cuts had left only one sensor near the South Carolina coast near Charleston. This would have made it tougher to forecast the incoming weather. Here is the article with more information: Offshore Buoys During Florence.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler