A bit of rain today but much more coming over the weekend
I realize that the title of this post might dismay a lot of folks looking to spend this coming weekend outdoors but we really do need a decent rainfall to stave off impending drought conditions. Today’s (Wednesday’s) rain totals will be less than a quarter-inch amid a much cooler high temperature (around 60 degrees (F)), but the forecast models are beginning to point to a substantial surface low pressure system forming over the Deep South and moving across the Outer Banks of North Carolina late in the weekend. This rather juicy system will provide a lot of rain for the ‘Burg as seen in this HPC forecast graphic:
The darkest purple shading represents 2 inches of rain while the darker red shading is the 2.5 inch range. Spread over several days that will provide very welcome moisture to counter the extreme dryness and Red Flag warnings that we’ve experienced over the past several weeks.
Ahead of the low we will likely see thunderstorms Saturday afternoon with temperatures in the mid-70′s. Then, as the low approaches on Sunday the rain really shows up. If this were January or February and a source of cold air was available I’d be finding my snow shovel and boots, but since it’s April it will all fall as rain. It means a wet weekend for the ‘Burg but we can use the moisture!